Connect With Your Local Online Community

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Where do you fit in on the World Wide Web?

Making sense of this question can seem daunting, but the truth is that it is actually pretty simple. One of the easiest ways to begin is to visit sites that are frequented by others in the Fort Collins area. Typically, a first stop would be at your local newspaper or TV station sites. These platforms provide useful content such as news, weather and sports. Some News sites allow you to publish your own content and be a citizen journalist by commenting on editorial blogs, participating in local contests or by uploading your videos and photos. This is an excellent way to dip your toe into the interactive water.

Interested in more social networking opportunities?

Make sure to check out Facebook. It's not just for "kids" today. If you do not have an account, then follow the easy sign-up process to set-up your account and profile page. Next it's time to connect. You can perform a simple search to find people you know, local celebrities (eg: news anchors, sport players, etc...), stores, schools, church groups or just search by "Fort Collins". Now you will have several interesting people and organizations pop-up for your review. You can then reach out by sending a friend request, joining a group or by becoming a fan of a particular person or brand.

What about this crazy, new thing called Twitter? It's the latest buzz and seems like everyone is doing it, but you don't know where to start? Again, think local and you can break this down pretty quickly. Just visit Twitter, sign-up for an account and set-up your user profile. It's super simple and takes only a matter of minutes. Next you can begin to search for your favorite hometown media outlets, restaurants, or sports teams and start "following" them (really very similar to Facebook). You can also check out other local people (tweeple) that are following the same sources on Twitter. Click on their profile and if they are local and someone that seems interesting to you, then follow them too. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Another quick and easy way to find Tweeple is to visit www.localtweeps.com and search for Tweeps in your city or zip code. Then filter through this list and find additional Tweeple to follow. Soon you will have a smattering of local Tweeple that you follow (and hopefully follow you back) and can interactively engage with on a regular basis.

Lastly, you can check out community sites that promote local businesses, organizations, events, as well as, other community members. For example, if you want to send a happy birthday message to a member of your family or congratulate you co-worker on a recent promotion, then give them a "shout out" on a local message board. It's a fun and inexpensive way to communicate.

Now you have several exciting ways to become involved in your local online community. So, what are you waiting for-- log-on and get connected today.

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Suzanna A. Woods has 1 articles online

Suzanna A. Woods is a professional journalist in Northern Colorado and enjoys spending time with her family and in the outdoors.

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This article was published on 2010/04/03