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REVIEW - YAHOO MANCHESTER LOCALS WEB PAGE http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/manchesterlocals/  

 

A discussion and meeting forum for the grown up people of Manchester England, where members can talk, gossip, and exchange news of their latest social activities. Similar groups exist for many other British, European and world towns, so the Manchester group experience suffices as an example of a wider r kind of Internet community. Many users who subscribe to the group exchange photos and some meet up every month or so for communal get togethers, which then fuels further discussion and gossip, and leads to more photos being put on display. In this way the group is self-perpetuating. That some members seem to know one another very well can be a little off-putting to newcomers who feel that the list is elitist and quickly leave, which is a dreadful shame as the members of the Manchester Group are very friendly and always happy to meet newcomers.  The site appeals to the more hedonistic and adventurous Mancunian, who likes to drink and dance the night away, though the list has its tender side too. When someone writes in to show that they have some kind of problem, illness or relationship difficulty, t he rests of the list rally round with kind and sage advised and words of sympathetic understanding. With 1094 members, the community is large, though relatively few go online or post at any given time, and only a few dozen attend the gatherings. There have been 3,365 messages posted since the group went online, a dozen very entertaining photo albums, and a section of links to other web pages. . Yahoo groups can be frustrating through Yahoo’s tendency to crash under heavy traffic and to bombard users with pop up messages and sponsored spam, but the community has survived well despite this, to have so many lively live chat activities, and the meetings. The online community shows how lively, fun loving and vibrant a city like Manchester can be. http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/manchesterlocals/ 

 

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