Monday, November 26, 2007

Communities and Groups

To those of you celebrating, I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving. Due to holiday activities, I didn’t publish a post last week. Maybe some of you had a chance to do a Thanksgiving Review.

One of the biggest potential positives of the internet is the ability to communicate with people with similar interests and hobbies. There have been a variety of social networks built (and being built) around a variety of subjects. Some of the more famous ones include MySpace and Facebook, however new ones are starting up everyday. In addition you might remember that I did a post about Mashable a little while ago. Mashable provides the latest news about social networking (in addition to their lists that I wrote about previously). They also have groups as well, and while their network is smaller, you’ll find many savvy members there.

Within the popular MySpace, Facebook, and Mashable are groups that you can join. These allow you to find people with similar interests and hobbies and range from fan sites of musical bands, television shows, to a variety of other subjects. All three offer a search to help you find the group that you’re looking for. I must admit that the search could stand some improvement or they could be organized a little better.

One of the potential benefits I see with these groups is that you can exchange information with other members of that group. This allows for novices to get some answers from those members with more experience. It also allows the more experienced members to be mentors to the “newbies”.

If you are into blogging then you might think about joining the following groups. While these groups are small at the moment, I hope that they will grow and provide the exchange mechanize that I have mentioned previously. In addition, I think that this can be another way of promoting your blog.

MySpace the Bloggers Community

Facebook the Bloggers Community

Mashable the Bloggers Community

Since one of the biggest themes of my blog is productivity and GTD, below you’ll find some groups on this subject. In these groups you”ll find a people with varying degrees of experience with GTD and productiviy.

MySpace GTD (Getting Things Done) and Productivity

Facebook GTD (Getting Things Done)

The Merlin Mann Fan Club

Mashable GTD (Getting Things Done) and Productivity

If you’re already a member of MySpace, Facebook, or Mashable, I hope that you’ll check out the groups mentioned in this post. While at any of those sites you might find another group that you’d like to join or if you don’t find what you’re looking for, why not create your own group.

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