MSCSM – Online communities

Ok, first off this post was a LOT later than I intended. I’ve recently started a part time job and I’m tired a lot of the time now, so apologies for that.

This is the blog I should have wrote last week. Online communities, or, the people you interact with online. We all do it now, sites like Facebook have made it the normal thing to do. You think something, you put it on Facebook and people reply. It’s a great way to keep in touch with friends, get stalked by random wierdos (this has happened to me, not a pleasant experience) and get friend requests from the kids who used to bully you at school who are now grown up and have nothing better to do it seems.

Facebook and social networking sites are one thing, but there is a lot more out there, and some of it is good. When my boyfriend and I first got together I lived in Newcastle and he lived in Manchester. We were a long distance couple for about six months and as well as using emails and Facebook to keep in touch there was also the option of Skype chat. The world is constantly coming up with new ways for people to keep in touch.

And as for the Community part, people do it all the time. My boyfriend plays Minecraft on a private server with his work friends. They can chat, help each other build stuff and laugh at each other when they accidentally dig through the rocks into a lava pool. I read Winter Is Coming on a regular basis, this started as a blog about HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series but grew as fans began to contribute news, behind the scenes pictures and other such pieces of wonderfulness. Fans now refer to themselves as members of House Gatewatch (a reference to fans nitpicking over details as ‘gates’, eg Nights Watch Horsegate when the english horses used in the first season were replaced with Icelandic horses for the second. They look very different) and sharing information, photos and stories related to GoT is called ‘Supporting the Bottom’ (The story behind this can be found by clicking here)

An online community is exactly what it sounds like. People contribute and become well known members, or there are those who prefer to stay at the side. It’s all the same. It’s a group of people using the internet to share their thoughts, interests and experiences.

And now I am tired. Long day has been long and I need to sleep


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