On thinking of social networking sites and friends we have on them; they really are like ‘neighborhoods’ of people we interact with on a fairly regular basis. Some are large neighborhoods like Facebook and MySpace, and some are smaller like The Society of Bearded Gentlemen and Dreadlocks Site. We ‘hang’ with different folks in the different neighborhoods we inhabit, cyberly speaking. In each of these neighborhoods, we find folks who don’t take care of their yards much, the crazy neighbors, the reclusive neighbor, and the busy bodies, those in everyone’s business. 😀
Some neighbors keep their ‘places’ in order, some are random, some show only on occasions, and some keep their windows wide open so all can see their goings on. The neighbors who like to sit and hang out in their driveways (as opposed to the back porch for privacy) and watch everyone else, waving and saying hello as you pass by.
There are neighborhoods that are like HOA’s. Sites that cost to be a member and where everyone has the same goal or actions. Some neighborhoods have many if not all folks who share some commonality. Cyber neighborhoods like The Society of Bearded Gentlemen, where every member either wears The Beard, or admires and likes The Beard. The same goes for Dreadlocks Site; every member either wears or wishes to wear or learn more about Dreadlocks.
The larger neighborhoods like MySpace and Facebook are made up of many dynamic individuals from most every walk and faction of Life. People who don’t necessarily share things in common with their neighbors, but socialize on an acquaintance level. Neighbors who share recipes, lawn equipment, and exchange gifts on holidays. Some neighborhoods are like ‘Cheers’ where everyone knows your name, and where you live, and neighbors stop by at random to say hello.
Not all neighborhoods are successful though. Some fail horribly when they aren’t managed properly or the management shows no care for the ‘hood.’ Some neighborhoods are pretentious, and yet some are welcoming and down home. All share the same idea and purpose and that is to bring folks together, from all over the place (the World in this case).