I am part of a few online communities so I have chosen to share the one I think is the most positive. It is called ‘The Basement’ and it is a group that originally was set up for people to buy and sell streetwear clothing items. Due to the community being such as success and gaining lots of members, everyone now describes it as ‘a family’.
In the book ‘Personal Connections In The Digital Age’, Baym says: “Online groups can open doors to people”. (Baym, 2013) ‘The Basement’ has done just that by setting up opportunities for people as the ‘leader’ of the group now has his own ‘Basement’ clothing range.
The book also describes how online communities can develop new relationships with people from different locations. Many members from ‘The Basement’ have met up and formed strong friendships with each other just because of the interest we all share.
The members benefit from this community because of it’s original purpose to buy and sell clothes. On top of that they can benefit because people post projects and generate feedback from them for example photography or fashion students would post the work they have done and ask for our opinions. There are certain challenges from this online community which are clash of opinions, possible flaking from buyers (when someone pulls out from buying something) and you can get banned from the group with 3 strikes.
The book also explored how the term ‘online community’ is largely discussed and what community actually means. I think that ‘The Basement’ is the definition of an online community, what do you think?
References: Baym, N. K., (2010). Personal Connections in the Digital Age. Cambridge: Polity, pp. 138