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November 29, 2007 / compassioninpolitics

Global/Local Cultures and Communities | The rise of the local and hyperlocal communities online

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Cultural Shift: 

Beyond the amazing ingenuity of Meetup and Craiglist lies a growing cornucopia of robust online communities that tap into and cultivate local and hyperlocal issues (I worry that the definition only includes media as opposed to everything hyperlocal. Although thats not surpising given that Jeff Jarvis is who the story goes coined the term hyperlocal).  This cultural change is described by Alexander Schellong on the Complexity and Social Networks blog at Harvard:

The internet made us more powerful as well as making us more transparent. We have access to information anytime, anyplace. We can find, motivate or join like minded people to create something or influence a third party. We also leave our trails on blogs, social networking platforms, newsgroups or buying online. Governments and citizens alike can benefit from this trend.        


Five Helpful Social Media Platforms for Connecting to Local and Hyperlocal Communities:  My favorite hyperlocal community is well known and fun.  

Yelp is particularly popular in large metropolitan areas. (Nashville’s Yelp community is certainly growing)  Its a great place to post reviews of local businesses and hit the discussion boards about food, culture, local events, and everything under the sun.Hola Neighbor was launched at DC Startup Weekend about a month ago.  You can sign up for updates on their website until they officially launch.Outside.In is a very cool hyperlocal site that I really haven’t explored.  I’m curious how Hola Neighbor will compare v. Outside.In. Outside.In relaunched on November 2nd and you can keep up with the updates here at the Outside.In blog.Placeblogger also integrates hyperlocal community in the web environment.  Placeblogger also has a list of the Top 10 Placeblogs.  For instance, Baristanet is a popular hyperlocal community in an affluent town in New Jersey and managed by a former professional journalist.Increasingly, Google Maps mashups with flickr and other social software provide an increased level of hyperlocality. For instance, local Nashville blogger Jackson has created a useful map of East Nashville hot spots here or the newly launched Your Street or to Google’s own launch of MyMaps GPS like system next wednesday. Further, there are a host of hyperlocal resources for the California fires and Poynter even has an article about hyperlocal disaster content delivery in light of the recent fires in California.Concluding Considerations: 

If you’d like to find out more about the cultural rise of the move toward the hyperlocal, amid the earth flattening phenomena described by Thomas Friedman,’s resources may help or you may enjoy the recent feature on hyperlocality from Alex Iskold at the Read Write Web. If you would like to start a hyperlocal community or citizen journalist site, its just a click away at WordPress.  Or perhaps you’d like to check out YelpOutside.InPlaceblogger or to get updates on Hola Neighbor.What Now/What Next: 

What are your thoughts about hyperlocal culture, communities, and communication? How will this effect everything from daily life and journalism? Will the changes be positive or negative? Anybody have specific knowledge of how hyperlocal relates to innovation in mobile?paris2134191604_bf7a09fd92.jpg(image credit: Gari for the Google Maps screenshot)


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  1. Dave Mastio / Nov 29 2007 4:54 pm

    An example from your neck of the woods is that this stuff is migrating inside newspapers too.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Nov 30 2007 5:39 am

    Thanks for the tip Dave
    And of course thanks for the link Rex.

  3. Nathan Ketsdever / Jan 16 2008 5:10 pm

    This link from PBS has a great rundown of hyper-local. (Thanks to Epic Fu)


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