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Birds Of A Feather
Online community-building services need to get creative...and fast!

Ahhh - sociology class.

Lazy summer days spent staring wistfully at the pretty girl in the corner, while a professor passionate about his subject tried to drill the intricacies of social communication into our weak and feeble minds.

And though his words never rang true at the time, it seems that man *is* a social animal. How else would you explain the sudden spurt in the number of online communities, which have been mushrooming like nobody's business over the past few months?

For those of you new to the concept of online communities, an explanation may be in order - an online community, as the name suggests, is a forum for like-minded individuals from all over the world to "meet" and communicate on topics of common interest, hold discussions, make announcements and conduct group events, via the Internet.

And unlike what we were taught in sociology class, this community is more virtual than physical - most of it's members have never met each other in real life, and probably never will.

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