Are Online Social Networks The Key To Building Local Communities Offline?

Are Online Social Networks The Key To Building Local Communities Offline?

Examples of the platforms that are connecting individuals online so that they can exchange goods and ideas in the real world.

Timothy Ryan, PSFK Labs
  • 14 april 2012

After analysis of hundreds of data points collected around the modern family experience and how it is changing, the PSFK consulting team noticed that a disconnect between individuals at the local level has spurred the formation of online networks which help connect neighbors and neighborhoods in new ways. Built on trust, these platforms work locally to build community, often encouraging relationships formed online to go offline and meet in the real world in order to exchange goods, ideas, or even just conversation.

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