An online community is a social network with common interests and goals that people from across the globe can join to share their feelings and views. There are a variety of different types of communities you can join and many ways to participate and interact within the community.
Two popular online communities right now are MySpace and Facebook. These sites let you create your own unique page designed to your likes and interests. You can post pictures, join groups, add friends, find friends and co-workers and even start pages for your company. You can post blogs on your own page, which are sort of like journal entries, post comments on your friend’s pages or group pages and send private messages. One can also create pages for a cause you are interested in or an activity you are having and through the site you can send invitations and invite people to join. If you are making your own personal page, you have the option to make sure that only your “friends” can see your page. This makes these communities secure and keeps everyone safe from online predators. These sites are a very good way to keep in touch with your friends and family or to reunite with old ones.
Other popular online communities generally consist of journal or blog sites. On these sites you can write down all of your emotions and feelings or just write about your day and get feedback from other members of the community. You have the option of making your entries private or available to the public to view. These sites also let you add friends so you can keep up on their daily lives as well.
There are also online communities available in almost every town. Here, members can have access to local classified ads ranging from pets to houses for sale. You can also stay on top of local news and all upcoming events so you won’t miss a thing. Most of these sites also set up forums so you can chat with other locals in your area and allow you to set up your own personal profile and even add photos.
As you can see, there is more to the internet than just looking up information. Online communities are an easy way to keep up with what’s going on in the world and to voice your opinion on issues that concern you and most importantly, to keep up with the people we care about without having to disrupt your hectic lifestyle. There is an online community out there for just about everyone.