Membership involves participation in a online or social media group.
Networking can offer some of the benefits of group membership, without the need for as much central co-ordination.
A rise in networking may present challenges for organisations who depend on membership for funds or to demonstrate their credibility. Membership does also permit percieved ownership of a group or apect of the group.
People join membership groups for a variety of reasons. Some group members are motivated by subject matter and others are motivated by interpersonal attraction to other group members. There are hunderds of reasons why people join groups and then participiate in each group.
Being a member of a group will help you learn from people with more experience.
You'll learn from their posting and answers to some tough questions.