Most people who are new to technology and social media believe Twitter and Facebook are unbeatable, and for some, they are. But for those who are more involved with the Web, something is left to be desired. There is no community on these social media sites. People who are alike and adhere to the same interests can’t bond like in smaller independent and community-driven forums. With an extremely large audience (we’re talking millions and billions), it is not surprising users feel disconnected in places that are dedicated to connecting people across vast distances.
When I think of Websites that breaks this stereotype, one jumps to mind. Growing up, I was a car fanatic (and still am). I collected Hot Wheels like it was my job. I was so involved that my dad even got a membership to the prestigious Hot Wheels Collectors site. This Website was (and is) dedicated to other fanatics of these cars and members could discuss cars (both real and toy), and even trade. In fact, many members met life-long friends all because of a forum designated for serious toy collectors.