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Social Media: the fan club, the network and the community

The Internet is a vast meeting place where just about anyone can roam freely and make connections with other people. It might be worthwhile to think about the types of connections that happen most naturally in various social media.

Fan Clubs
Facebook is the queen of fan club sites, both official and unofficial. For many everyday folks, posting a photo or comment is part of a never-ending quest to gather compliments, likes, LOLs, and other kinds of recognition of their specialness.
It's easy to see who wants fans: posts tend to be, "How do you like my new haircut?", Instagram photos of their restaurant meal, pics of their dogs and grandchildren, and photos of people they are fans of themselves (to get the fandom ball rolling). The main feature of fan club communication is that it is one-way: the person that everyone is a fan of makes a statement and dozens/hundreds/thousands of people like it or make comments like, "You are still beautiful," "Looks great!&qu…

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