Online communities are those that provide social connection purely within the online space, such as Facebook Groups based on interest, local noticeboards, and online communicators. These groups and networks facilitate the sharing of ideas and dialogue primarily across the online space. While there is no cost associated with joining, users are typically required to be online members and the space is monitored by administrators. The online tool in this instance is the community and while inclusivity is not always active it can contribute to creating a sense of presence and belonging.
While the majority of online circles exist purely as discussion forums they can also act as facilitators to connect people together or promote in-person contact, such as through neighbours sharing produce or notices shared about events in the local neighbourhood. Some neighbourhood platforms also exist as online communities because they notify members of things happening in the local neighbourhood, but do not facilitate in-person engagement.
Southern Suburbs Community Noticeboard and Chat, McLaren Vale Region Community Forum, Adelaide #kindnesspandemic, Waste Free Westies, Citizen Network, Centre for Welfare Reform.