Failure of Social Networks-Beware beBee


A question keeps buzzing my mind on the failure of social networks and their root causes. The idea that bee' networks fail and we may draw lessons from their failure and causes deemed worthy to me. I discuss in this buzz this possibility. What lessons would be pertinent to the beBee social network?

Bees' colonies are experiences declining numbers of bees and colony failures. This prompted some guiding research on this topic. A leading research on "Chronic sublethal stress causes bee colony failure", revealed some very interesting findings. One major finding is that many pathogens and parasites can be found in both failing and surviving colonies and field pesticide exposure is typically sublethal (below lethal doses). How can below lethal doses stress bees' colonies and impair colony function? It turns out that what I coined previously "The Bee Effect" is functioning. Two colonies, with similar stress levels can have divergent fates. This study demonstrates two key aspects of how stress on individual bees can disrupt colony function and lead to colony failure. First, a stressor must have a chronic impact (over a period of several weeks) before we see any noticeable effect. Second, a how a stressor that impairs colony function by causing them to be susceptible to failure experiences from stress at earlier points in their life cycles. Stress is causing bee colonies to fail. Bees experience high levels of stress when exposed to pesticides, preventing colonies from functioning properly.

The dominance of social bees as crucial pollinators stems primarily from their social organisation: large colony sizes are supported by the efficient coordination of tasks across group members, such that colony performance is better than a collection of uncoordinated individuals. It is a paradox that while bees who work together to succeed, it is the weakness in this strength that leads ultimately to their failure. Several stressing factors which are damaging, but not lethal combine and unpredictably collapse the colony. Eventually one bee gets stressed cascades its stress to the whole colony. The strength in weakness and the weakness in strength are operational. A bee has its power to work

Lessened, its memory weakened and foraging capability reduced becomes "epidemic" and cause the same for other bees. Pathogens, parasites, cold weather and other factors combine to stress a bee. These factors combined can stress a bee even if singularly each factor is below its stressing level.


What drew many bees to the colony of beBee? ย Nagging factors such as reducing the quality of services provided to the previous colony. The answer is in reducing messaging among bees, frequent breakdown of services, pathogen members and a host of other factors. One major factor is what I coined as "The Expectation Stress". Members expect improving services when in fact they deteriorated. The unexpected collapse started as evidenced by withdrawals, less engagement of authors, less comment on posts, complaining messages and a lot more of negative impressions. A single factor might not cause the collapse; combined we witness their negative impacts.

BeBee team should benefit from these facts and only have one direction: keep removing the stressing factors and never fall in the expectation stress trap. Very hopefully, they shall.

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Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
Franci Hoffman- you ended your comment with a lovely tagline. It is meaningful and joyful. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

Franci ๐ŸEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Ali Anani and his hard-working team to keep the wasps and other undesirables away. We want to keep beBee refreshing and positive as it is intended to be. This article makes my phrase "to be a beBee bee is to be", more meaningful. ๐Ÿ

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#21
Thanks for the link Chas Wyatt/ At least is stressor is being removed. I hope others too

Javier ๐Ÿ CR

Javier ๐Ÿ CR

5 years ago #14

#18
I love how bees produce honey ! :)

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Reena Saxena Great toughts and as for your suggestion I am sure Javier C\u00e1mara Rica will consider it

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
Donna-Luisa Eversley It shall not be a long waiting

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#14
Javier C\u00e1mara Rica I feel free and love your comment on this post because it reflects healthy thinking and empathy to keep bees free

Javier ๐Ÿ CR

Javier ๐Ÿ CR

5 years ago #10

Let's keep growing with you ! As Dean Owen said, anybody should feel good finding an appropiate hive. Bees need to be free.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
@Anees Zaidi Great your suggestion is and I go along with it totally. The Arabic poet says: ูˆุฎูŠุฑ ุฌู„ูŠุณ ููŠ ุงู„ุฒู…ุงู† ูƒุชุงุจ ูˆุฃู†ุง ุฃู‚ูˆู„ ู„ูƒ ุตุฏู‚ุง ูˆุฎูŠุฑ ุฃู†ูŠุณ ููŠ ุงู„ุฒู…ุงู† ูƒุชุงุจ

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
@Anees Zaidi Great your suggestion is and I go along with it totally. The Arabic poet says: ูˆุฎูŠุฑ ุฌู„ูŠุณ ููŠ ุงู„ุฒู…ุงู† ูƒุชุงุจ ูˆุฃู†ุง ุฃู‚ูˆู„ ู„ูƒ ุตุฏู‚ุง ูˆุฎูŠุฑ ุฃู†ูŠุณ ููŠ ุงู„ู…ุงู† ูƒุชุงุจ

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Laurent BOSCHERINI First, a;;ow me to express my sheer gratitude to read a comment by Laurent. You are an exceptional thinker and I thrive on your comments. You are a mind reader. I am preparing a post on " Playing on Differences" and your comment is part of what I am planning to discuss. I feel the intuition between us my friend.

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

5 years ago #6

Thank you dear Ali for sharing your insightful article. Let me invite you to think about it, following your always brilliant metaphor approach, fun and interesting under its fractal view of life, so relevant. "African honey bees and European honey bees are the same species (Apis mellifera), but the two are classified as different races or sub-species. European honey bees were brought to the U.S. by old world Spanish explorers. For centuries, these European bees have been selected by beekeepers for their robust honey production and storage behavior, their reduced regular swarming/absconding tendencies, and their gentleness. The African honey bee (Apis mellifera scutellata) was brought to Brazil in the 1950โ€™s in an effort to increase honey production in Brazil. However, it was accidentally released into South Americaโ€™s feral environment. Since that time, it has spread through South America, Central America, and into the U.S. The bee is considerably more defensive than its European cousin. Consequently, it is important to understand key differences between it and the docile European honey bee."

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Donna-Luisa Eversley My friend Donna- you have done us all a great favor by writing this very subtle comment. What a brilliant writing is "The Beekeeper, is always protected when he goes to check on his hives, but is careful to allow the bees to get on with their business". I can't pass up this great quote from you and I intend to write a buzz expanding on it soon. You are a gem Donna. I am sure beBee team shall thrive on reading your comment.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Dean Owen Exactly, and I wished to highlight the pitfalls of others so that beBee may not eventually fall in the stress trap,. We are here because we migrated the stress-packed platforms.

Dean Owen

Dean Owen

5 years ago #3

I am quite sure this bee colony will continue to thrive since our gracious hosts put bees first. beBee for me is a stress free environment. Nobody can tell anybody that a post is inappropriate. They can reclassify it yes, but there will always be an appropriate hive. Internet trolls will find their way here sometime soon, but may likely change their bee stripes once they experience the extremely convivial and receptive atmosphere. Like they say, "Don't Worry, Bee Happy!"

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Juan Imaz I shall and strangely enough I sent you a message prior to reading your comment. We are already communicating.

Ali ๐Ÿ Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Juan Imaz That is why I am here and because I love beBee I care to alert you to the shortcomings of others.

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