I am part of some online forum based communities, and I must say that I find them very interesting. Not for the fact that they are communities I be long to and enjoy, but the fact that they are communities. A place where active members learn who are most active and start to see personalities, make friends, and develop enemies.
The online aspect is no longer a hurdle in understanding other people. 3dbuzz.com and BodyBuilding.com, the sites I am a member of, have enough active users that you can clearly see the number of people help to shape the usefulness of the site. You can tell who is knowledgeable and who isn’t.
This is a very interesting phenomenon because people are no longer limited by where they live. People join forums from all over the world. 3dbuzz.com, for example, has members from every hemisphere and time zone, and I am friends with most of them. Just from reading some of the posts I am able to distinguish who they are.
I am still a new member to BodyBuilding.com, but I can already tell who the experienced and most active members are by the types of information they give. I am already starting to see some of their personalities.
One of the best parts about online communities is the willingness to help. On 3dbuzz.com if I ever have a question I know where to go to ask it. I know some people well enough I know who to give the question to.
The communities that are forming on the internet I believe are a social extension of our world today. It shows how people act across the world, and it shows the reliance the world is starting to show on computers.
Now don’t get me wrong there are plenty of communities like xanga, ASP.NET, and linuxquestions.com. There is almost a community for everything that exists, and I see this as a wonderful thing to have because of the expansion of knowledge to the world.
It was said that our knowledge has doubled in the last 2 or so years. I must say that I can definitely see this because the Internet is a new medium for giving and sharing information with everyone. I don’t see them going away soon, and I hope they don’t because I love them and believe that there is a lot of good that comes from them.
So go find a community to be active in and let the world know what you think.