Ever since I discovered the internet I’ve been fascinated by the communities that have sprung up as a result of the internet.
When I was at uni in 1995/95 the idea of web or online communities was pretty new but I looked into it in the form of a Usenet group. It was a mini research project, for assessment, of mine.
Now there’s heaps more online communities and groups around. Weblogs is an obvious choice and I’d say that most, if not all, webloggers read others weblogs and participate in them in some way and get to know the weblog authors and therefore form their own communities.
There are another online types of communities around too, and that’s Flickr groups. Anyone can create a group that’s public or private and post pictures to it. Being a community, you can be invited to the group or you can just join depending on how the group has been setup.
What caught my interest was the Graves, tombs and cemeteries group. I’m not morbidly fascinated by death, but it interests me to look at gravestones, particularly old ones and try to figure out or imagine the story behind it. While I haven’t posted anything to this group 16,432 photos are there already from just over 2,500 members.
Some other Flickr groups: