A directory of Internet sites that help people communicate and interact with each other. These sites feature services such as message forums, chat rooms, email and other messaging services. They may also feature online games and other ways for user to interact. These sites offer the users a hub for a specific subject and have information and other resources there. Subject-specific communities should be listed with the subject section. For shortcuts to some of these, see By Subject. Online Communities On the Web Internet Computers.
- Wikipedia: An online community or also called an internet community is a virtual community whose members interact with each other primarily via the Internet. For many, online communities may feel like home, consisting of a "family of invisible friends". Those who wish to be a part of an online community usually have to become a member via a specific site and necessarily need an internet connection. An online community can act as an information system where members can post, comment on discussions, give advice or collaborate. Commonly, people communicate through social networking sites, chat rooms, forums, e-mail lists and discussion boards. People may also join online communities through video games, blogs and virtual worlds.
- Clan (computer gaming) - In computer and video gaming, a clan, community, guild or faction is an organized group of players that regularly play together in one or more multiplayer games, but is focused on a particular game.
- Commons-based peer production - Commons-based peer production is a term coined by Harvard Law School professor Yochai Benkler. It describes a new model of socioeconomic production in which large numbers of people work cooperatively.
- Digital altruism - Altruism or selflessness is the principle or practice of concern for the welfare of others.
- Immersion (virtual reality) - Immersion into virtual reality is a perception of being physically present in a non-physical world. The perception is created by surrounding the user of the VR system in images, sound or other stimuli that provide an engrossing total environment.
- Internet activism - Internet activism is the use of electronic communication technologies such as social media, e-mail, and podcasts for various forms of activism to enable faster and more effective communication by citizen movements, the delivery of particular information to large and specific audiences as well as...
- Internet influences on communities
- Social information processing
- Community building
- Virtual reality
- Community websites
- Virtual communities
- An Foundmyself www
An online art community with numerous features, Foundmyself, including personal art galleries, forums, contests, the ability to sell art commission. Foundmyself.
- Online Habbo www
Online community for teens and roleplaying. Habbo. [Shockwave required] Habbo.
- Focused The Lost Diner www
Focused on the abandoned, Lost Diner, forgotten, mysterious, and unexplained. Has forums, chat rooms, and message board. Share stories, photos, maps, conversation, links, and ideas. The Lost Diner.
- Provides Dacity.com www
Provides members a free message board on many subjects, Dacity.com, free chat services, free homepages and free online games. Dacity.com.
- Forum Sciforums www
Forum discussions cover world events, Sciforums, science, religion, philosophy, and technology. Sciforums.
- General Spammers Paradise www
General discussion. Paradise. Has forum, store, calendar, and member directory. Spammers Paradise.
- Ask YouThink.com www
Ask questions, YouThink.com, and discuss jokes, movies and trivia. YouThink.com.
- Provides Communities.com www
Provides chat rooms, Communities.com, communities, forums, instant messaging, detailed photo profiles, photo galleries, and photo ratings. Search members by age, sex, location, and interests. Communities.com.
- Users Buzznet www
Users can create communities and share blogs and photographs. Buzznet.
- Members The Pork www
Members can access chat rooms, Pork, discussion boards, personals, and instant messaging. The Pork.
- Purpose NewHeavenNewEarth www
Purpose is to build a global network to pool talents, NewHeavenNewEarth, experience, and resources to unravel life's mysteries. Includes a blog, community, and special reports. NewHeavenNewEarth.
- Surfers BusinessWeek: Internet Communities www
Surfers are losing interest on website content and want now to settle in online communities. BusinessWeek: Internet Communities.
- Personal WireClub www
Personal and group blogs tied in with many other social networking features. WireClub. Geared to meeting people through shared interests. Free site. WireClub.
- Chat YABA www
Chat room based social networking community. YABA.
- Worldwide Flork www
Worldwide community of interesting people. Flork. Find new friends easily by 'florking around.' Flork.
- Features Everything In Moderation www
Features links to articles on management strategies. Everything In Moderation.
- A Whyville www
A virtual 3-D world for curious minds where you can own land, Whyville, build your own house, play simulation games, win prizes, chat, and help the community grow. Whyville.
- Banner BBS Xchange www
Banner exchange for BBS-related sites. BBS Xchange.
- Encyclopedia Wikipedia.org: BBS Systems www
Encyclopedia article that gives an overview of these systems, BBS Systems, their history and a brief presentation of their content, along with links to more specialized articles. Wikipedia.org: BBS Systems.
- Editors' About.com: Community Online www
Editors' web site picks for fostering an online community and personalizing web sites. About.com: Community Online.
- News CNet.com: Will Media Giants Bulldoze Communities? www
News Analysis by CNET observing how Disney and Time Warner, Will Media Giants Bulldoze Communities?, by building enhanced entertainment sites, threaten topical online communities. CNet.com: Will Media Giants Bulldoze Communities?.
- Provides Community Connect Inc. www
Provides free personal pages, Connect Inc., email, forums, news, chat, instant messaging, games, promotions and online events. [Uses Flash] Community Connect Inc..
- Online SKIZZLE! by RootFolder Communications www
Online community offering personal storage and workgroup collaboration. RootFolder Communications. Features Clubs, message boards, databases, file sharing and other personal and community productivity tools. Also features a search engine and free membership. SKIZZLE! by RootFolder Communications.
- A Forum Virus www
A comprehensive human edited forum directory featuring a user rating system. Forum Virus.
- A Big Boards www
A list of the largest message boards and forums on the web. Big Boards.
- Upload Webscene www
Upload video's, Webscene, foto's en audiofragmenten naar je eigen pagina. Video's, film trailers, nieuws en games. Webscene.
- Vriendennetwerk. Hyves.nl www
Vriendennetwerk. Hyves.nl. Uitwisselen van berichten, foto's, invallen en opinies. Hyves.nl.
- Article ReadWriteWeb www
Article by Sarah Perez discussing ways Facebook can stay current and relevant. ReadWriteWeb.
- Directory The Page Finder www
Directory of Facebook pages organized by subject. The Page Finder.
- Alexa: Online Communities On the Web
Alexa Directory Top Sites: Online Communities On the Web
- DMOZ: Online Communities On the Web
dmoz.org Directory: Online Communities On the Web