Communities

A community is a group of people who have a shared sense of belonging and identity around which they can coalesce.

Communities can be small, like a neighborhood, or large, like a global community. They may be geographically defined, or, defined by shared interests and beliefs. In general, they are support networks that provide a sense of security and comfort to the members. They can also be important places for networking and resource-sharing.

Examples of Communities

Business Communities

community is a group of people who have a shared interest in the well-being of businesses. This includes business owners, employees, customers, and suppliers.

We might also sometimes call this the entrepreneur community.

The business community can come together to promote the interests of businesses, or to advocate for certain policies. They may also provide resources and support to up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

A great example is LinkedIn

City Communities

A city can also be considered a community because all people within the city are united in their shared interest in improving or maintaining their city’s culture and livability.

A city is often administered by an organized political group such as the city council which acts as the decision-making hub for the community. Similarly, libraries, schools, and sporting groups act as meeting points for members of a city.

The great city I live in is a wonderful community and even has a Community Club every citizen is a member of.

Ethnic Communities

An ethnic community is a group of people who share the same cultural heritage. This includes shared traditions, language, and values.

Ethnic communities who are expatriates of their ethnic homeland will often coalesce in a specific neighborhood within a city. The quintessential example of this is the Chinatown neighborhood which emerges in most major world cities.

This is a place where Chinese immigrants often start out their new lives where they can communicate with other expatriates who can help them settle into their new lives.

BlackPlanet: Initially, BlackPlanet was designed as a way for African-American professionals to network. Since then, it’s grown and evolved as a site operating under the principles of Web 2.0. Members can read other members’ blogs, watch music videos, chat with one another, look for new careers and discuss news. Though BlackPlanet is not restricted to any community, this site is more popular amongst African-Americans. This site helped Obama to connect to nearly 200,000 potential supporters.

Farming Communities

A farming community is a group of people who share the common interest of working in agriculture. Small towns whose economies are largely dependent on farming are generally referred to as farming communities. They’re typically very supportive of one another and pitch in to give each other support, but also often skeptical of government regulation and interference.

Hobby Communities

A hobby community is a group of people who share the same interests and hobbies. They often come together to socialize and enjoy their shared activities.

Examples of hobby communities include book clubs, knitting clubs, chess clubs, and collectibles.

People who are passionate about their hobbies often have a great sense of community and camaraderie with other people who share the same passion.

One such community is Collect to Connect; connecting collectors. 

Online Forum Communities

Web-based social networking services make it possible to connect people who share interests and activities across political, economic, and geographic borders.  An online forum is a website where people can have discussions about a variety of topics.

There is a plethora of on-line communities now. The following is a list of the largest social networking services, in order by the number of active users, as of April 2021, as published by Statista:

ServiceActive users (in millions)
Facebook2,853
YouTube2,291
WhatsApp2,000
Instagram1,386
WeChat1,250
TikTok1,000
QQ606
Douyin600
Sina Weibo566
Telegram550
Kuaishou481
Twitter478
Pinterest478
Reddit430
Quora300
Snapchat293

There are also a few unknown but up-n-coming sites:

www.earthlingsconnect.com

www.budtobloom.community

www.tagged.com

www.mybscreator.com

www.myheritage.com

Philanthropic Communities

A philanthropic community is a group of people who are dedicated to promoting the well-being of others, often through charitable work.  Philanthropic communities are often formed around a cause or social issue that members are passionate about. For example, there may be a community dedicated to fighting poverty or one that works to promote education in developing countries.  Members of philanthropic communities often have a strong sense of social responsibility and altruism.  An example of a philanthropic community is the effective altruism movement.

Political Communities

A political community is a group of people who share the same political beliefs or ideology and who have come together to leverage their power in numbers.  Political communities can be local, national, or international in scope. For example, within a nation, a political community may form a political party such as the Green Party, the Democratic Party, or the Republican Party.  Internationally, it may take the form of a bloc of nations such as the Soviet bloc, the European Union, or the Arab League.

An example of a political community is www.truthsocial.com

School Communities

A school community is a group of education stakeholders affiliated with a school, typically students, staff, and parents. The parents and community committees within schools are influential decision-making bodies where the community can come together. The school principal is the executive leader of the community.  School communities might come together to make decisions about the teaching methods the school will use, the teachers they will employ, and the new infrastructure projects that may be necessary.

There is also another type of school community called Classmates where you can reconnect with old friends from your school days. www.classmates.com

Sporting Communities

A sporting community is a group of people who share a love of a particular sport.  Examples include the swimming, golfing, football, and baseball communities.

There may also be close-knit fan groups who feel connected to the players. For example, the fans of the Seattle Seahawks call themselves the “12th man” and consider themselves to be an important part of the team.

Connecting fans with players is walls.io

Tribal Communities

A tribal community is a group of people who identify with a tribe. In North America, these are indigenous tribes who come together to continue their traditional culture, language, and arts.

The largest Native American tribes are the Cherokee, the Navajo, and the Sioux.

One way for tribes to connect is the Facebook group socialdistancepowwow

International Communities

Zorpia  is a social network that has a large international community. Zorpia’s features include profile customization, networking features and an incredibly detailed search. Zorpia has an impressive music section featuring popular artists like Ashlee Simpson, Vanessa Hudgens, Alanis Morissette and more. 

Cryptocurrency Communities

Cryptocurrencies, of which Bitcoin is the best known example, are decentralized tokens that serve as mediums of exchange and stores of values.

In short, they serve the purpose of subverting conventional currencies in the digital world. They can be used to help people evade taxes and government detection.

Cryptocurrencies first caught the world’s attention in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis that demonstrated the disproportionate amount of power central banks had acquired over the global financial system, and by extension, the lives of billions of people across the world.

To break the monopoly of central banks, software engineers proposed to shift the power to print money away from central banks, and thus to decentralize the global monetary system.

For a long time however, cryptocurrencies were not taken seriously. They were seen at best as a countercultural movement composed of shady, anonymous forum posters confined to the virtual world.

Crypto enthusiasts, however, were more than just another underground internet subculture. They were driven by a desire to disrupt one of the most fundamental pillars of human society – the banking system.

Even today, cryptocurrencies divide the opinion of national policy makers, with the majority still not willing to accept cryptocurrencies as legal tender.

Conclusion

These are just a few examples of the different types of communities that exist. There are many more, and new ones are forming all the time.

Communities provide support, connection, and a sense of belonging for their members. They can be an important part of people’s lives and important support networks.

Today, with the rise of the internet, it’s easier than ever to find and connect with people who share your interests, no matter where you are in the world.