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LostInParadise's avatar

Can virtual communities be used to support real communities?

Asked by LostInParadise (31829points) March 10th, 2010

This is one of the most encouraging stories I have seen in quite a while. Real communities on the Web Do you think that this kind of thing can catch on? Can you imagine it happening where you live?

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silverfly's avatar

I think so. Ultimately, it’s more beneficial to have “real” interactions but with so many people online, it could be a great start to more meaningful meetings. And by meaningful, I mean in person. :)

janbb's avatar

That is a great story and a great idea. We really have to start thinking more about how we can use the internet to enhance real interpersonal connections. I love this; makes me want to move to that neighborhood!

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, I expect to see it more and more.

phillis's avatar

I’ve used them with this in mind for a long time. Who says one person can’t make a difference? So often, people will open up more because they are anonymous online. WHen that happens, it affords an opportunity for real growth. Negative spreads throughout a community, but so does positive. I feel lucky that I understand how influential we can be online. It is never JUST a group of people simply thrown together. As long as there is human need, there is room for little bits of positive, here and there. Thanks for sharing that story :)

nebule's avatar

wow…I’m tempted to start one myself!!

KhiaKarma's avatar

Yes! Great story and wonderful idea! I wonder how it’d be monitored for “jerks” or if it would be…probably less enticing to piss in your own pool.

janbb's avatar

I’m really thinking about trying the idea too.

LostInParadise's avatar

if you do, I would love to know how it turns out

Iceman65's avatar

Yes, when people use their real names, real photos and real geo locations on social networks such as Facebook there is no longer a reason to separate the two from each others since they are both real and the very same community. Same but different in how interaction is made between connected people, i.e. sharing the same physical space (offline community) or sharing the same virtual space (online community).

I call this The Global Community:

Here is a list with links to +500 online communities:

Explore real people online and meet real people offline. All online communities are part of a global dating!!

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