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Happy Thoughts About The Internet

The internet can be a dark and scary space sometimes, so here are some reminders and examples of online communities proving that wrong.

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You can join communities with people who have the same interests as you.

This way, you can connect with more people and have a bigger network than you possibly can face-to-face and in person.
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This way, you can connect with more people and have a bigger network than you possibly can face-to-face and in person.

This includes fan sites such as this one where you can participate in the fandom by editing pages and creating your own content.

It's more fun to be a fan with others who care just as much as you do! And where else can you discuss in depth every single detail about a show and create theories about what might happen next?
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It's more fun to be a fan with others who care just as much as you do! And where else can you discuss in depth every single detail about a show and create theories about what might happen next?

Maybe you can even find true love?

But those are big wishes there.
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But those are big wishes there.

Not all these groups exist just for fun. They are, however, just as useful.

Some of these communities exist just to provide emotional support.

If you're shy, it's definitely easier to talk and share information when you can't see other people's faces. It's also nice to know that other people might be going through difficult times too.
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If you're shy, it's definitely easier to talk and share information when you can't see other people's faces. It's also nice to know that other people might be going through difficult times too.

Some communities are there to provide you with useful advice.

Since people all over the world are connected to internet, you can get a diverse variety of responses.
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Since people all over the world are connected to internet, you can get a diverse variety of responses.

Sometimes there are not-so-helpful answers.

Beware and remember: don't feed the trolls!
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Beware and remember: don't feed the trolls!

Some communities may have an obvious and direct impact offline.

There's nothing more important than finding your lost puppy! In this case, it's possible because people in the same physical community are connected online.
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There's nothing more important than finding your lost puppy! In this case, it's possible because people in the same physical community are connected online.

It can even be powerful enough to support political movements.

Such as Arab Spring
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Such as Arab Spring

Or Occupy Wall Street

Some online communities are changing their ways to become more inclusive.

Although you can only choose male or female when you sign up for a Facebook account, there are more gender options you can select later on.
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Although you can only choose male or female when you sign up for a Facebook account, there are more gender options you can select later on.

But at the end of the day, not all communities are happy places.

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So try not to let things you see online ruin your day because others are being rude.

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