The Pros And Cons Of Online Communities

 

There are roughly 2 billion people who actively use Facebook. By contrast, almost 3.5 billion have access to the internet (though not necessarily broadband). Given the usefulness and apparent ubiquity of Mark Zuckerberg’s creation, what explains the size of this un-Faced market? The biggest part of the answer must be the more than 800 million internet users who live in countries where internet use is restricted for reasons of censorship, but this still leaves a gap 800 million souls wide.

One of the wonderful things the internet has made possible is for people who are somehow like-minded to get in touch and share their thoughts. Facebook offers numerous such groups, offering forums for taxidermy enthusiasts, depression chat rooms, and groups where conspiracy theorists can argue with one another until the cows come home. In addition, users can post pictures of their food and tell the world what kind of mood they’re in.…