Online communites without walls and gates

With all the talk of social networking and social or business community websites like FaceBook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Plaxo, and now, Spock, you’d think the concept of communities was just discovered in the last couple years. Not true.

As Shel Israel recently posted, in response to Jeremiah Owyang’s Twitter comments about social media, the ‘definition of community really hasn’t been much changed since the Internet came in.’

…Since the advent of social media, there are a lot more communities and a great many people belong to more communities than they used to.

But by definition, they remain the same. Communities are bodies of people loosely joined together by a common interest.

Trial lawyer turned legal tech entrepreneur, I am the founder and CEO of LexBlog, a legal blog community of over 30,000 blog publishers, worldwide. LexBlog’s publishing platform is used on a subscription basis by over 18,000 legal professionals, including the largest law firm in each India, China and the United States.

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