Welcome to The Online Club

There is no doubt that the internet has changed the way we get information. From booking tickets online to random quizzes, everything and anything can be done with just a click of a button. But not only has the internet become our go-to place for information, it has also become a community. A place where people can share their ideas, interests, and creativity.

Here are my top 3 community-based websites:

*not including social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and etc.*

1. Oh no they didn’t!

Oh no they didn’t!(ONTD) is one of the top livejournal communities and it has changed the way I see and think of celebrity gossip or entertainment news in general. I first discovered this website when my older sister introduced it to me when I was a tween. It was purely just for fun. Now, I still visit this website almost everyday as long as I’m using the computer.

So, what makes it click?

Overall Experience

ONTD is filled with posts that will keep you up to date with anything famous. Celebrities, athletes, politicians, and current events, you name it and there’s probably a post about it. However, what ultimately makes this website click is its community-based approach wherein users can start conversations about a certain topic and share their thoughts with each other.

Content

“The celebrities are disposable. The gossip is priceless.” is the tagline of this website. (Yes, I know it sounds shallow but hear me out) What makes it interesting for me is the comments section on every post. Although its overall intention in the beginning is to gossip about celebrities, it is has now evolved into a place where I can get credible news for current events. (It may sound weird coming from a blogging website, however I noticed that the users do try their best to provide the most reliable news sources)

The comments section actually holds substantial ideas and opinions that you would not usually get on a gossip website. It offers mixed reactions and languages that keeps a post fresh and interesting. Some of the lingo is hard to understand you’re not an “ONTD-er.” What I’ve noticed in the years of constantly checking ONTD is that the users have created a unique community that you do not see in any other website.

Community-ness

Users submit posts that will be approved by the moderators of the LiveJournal. The comments sections are always filled with funny, witty, engaging, and mind-blowing comments. You also can comment on other comments. (I know right?) Thus creating a thread with other users to communicate. In the comments section, users casually share their opinions and personal experiences whether related or even unrelated to the post. At the end of each post there may be a question made by the author for the users to answer. Like I said before, the community has also created a language that only ONTD members understand. They even have a set of rules to make sure it’s a safe environment for everyone.

Design

The design of this website is quite simple but you wouldn’t really be bothered by it because you go to this website for its content. ONTD has always been represented by the colour purple and I don’t think it will change anytime soon. Though the design may look outdated, the content (and community) is still priceless.

Accessibility

ONTD is very accessible and you don’t have to make a LiveJournal account to enter the site. But you do need a username if you wish to comment on a certain post and engage in conversation since it’s restricted to ONTD members only. I usually use my laptop for this website since it’s easier to read the comments section compared to using the mobile version wherein it is hard to scroll down and keep up with the comments.

Recommendation

This website is not for everyone especially if you’re not into pop culture news and celebrity gossip. But it’s still a fun website to visit that also makes an effort to provide credible news.

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2. Genius

Genius is my go-to website whenever I need the right lyrics for a certain song. Sounds useless? Well, you’re wrong. What makes this website community-based is the fact that users can contribute different ideas and opinions on a song lyric. Genius has elevated the way I see song lyrics (I’m looking at you, Metrolyrics) and has given me different insights on songs that I’ve never even thought of before.

So, what makes it click?

Overall Experience

Is there a song you can’t get out of your head or have you ever wondered what Rihanna actually meant with “B*tch better have my money” or do you want to know the official lyrics of “Despacito”? Well look no further. Genius is a website suited for anyone who is curious with song lyrics and getting the right lyrics in general. (because who likes singing the wrong lyrics?!)

Content

Type in a song then presto- the lyrics of a song is presented. When you put your curser on top of a line from the lyrics, you get some information about it. This feature instantly makes the song more interesting.

Community-ness

What makes Genius a community is the collaboration between different users and (sometimes) the official song producers. Not only do you get the right lyrics of the song but also an inside scoop on why and how the song was written.

Design

Sleek design and user-oriented. It’s not hard to use at all. Find the song, get the lyrics, play and sing-a-long all in one website.

Accessibility

The website is easily accessible through any computer device or mobile phone when you are on the go.

Recommendation

Genius is recommended for lyrical geeks like me who is interested in the tiniest details and not just the lyrics of a song. It is definitely recommended for those who just want to sing without embarrassing themselves. (I’m looking at you, mom)

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3. Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed is by far the ultimate community-based website in the internet for me. If you don’t know what Buzzfeed is, you must be living under a rock. No, seriously. Especially for us millenials, Buzzfeed has changed the game in how we receive and search for news. Although I don’t visit this website as much anymore, it’s still on my go-to list whenever I’m online.

So, what makes it click?

Overall Experience

I personally don’t remember what the internet was like before Buzzfeed. This website has reinvented what one does on the internet. When there’s nothing else interesting online, I would go and stay on this site for hours until there’s nothing interesting for me anymore.

From listed articles to ridiculous quizzes, you will never get bored.

Content

The website is divided into five different categories. — News, Videos, Quizzes, Tasty and More. From light hearted articles to the latest news around the world.

Community-ness

Buzzfeed has formed a community of readers and contributors. You don’t have to work for Buzzfeed to get an article publish. Just sign-up the Buzzfeed community and become a member. Readers on the other hand, can react, share, like and comment on any post they enjoy. I am not a “share-er” however if I really REALLY like the article and find it interesting, I will most likely share it to my friends.

Another thing that makes this site unique is the way you can react to articles.

Design

I noticed that Buzzfeed’s design has changed plenty of times ever since. The website keeps on adding new features which is good but can sometimes be overwhelming. It’s not possible to finish all the articles in one day. You will also never leave this website because of its infinite scroll feature.

Accessibility

Buzzfeed is pretty accessible anytime and anywhere. Whether I’m using it on my laptop or my phone, there is no problem at all. I always find myself scrolling down and taking the most random quiz ever.

Recommendation

Buzzfeed speaks the language of millennials. It’s made by them and for them. But I would recommend this site to anyone because of its pure randomness. Whether you’re looking for something light or something deep, Buzzfeed has the article for you.

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There’s plenty of space in the internet for everyone and it shouldn’t be wasted on negativity and hate.

As long as you’re online, there is a club for you to join and become a member of. Community-based websites have created an internet culture where you don’t always have to use your own social media account to share ideas and opinions. You can expand beyond your inner circle of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. and collaborate with people from around the world.

By joining or even just visiting these websites you can share your ideas and widen your perspective.

There are a lot more community-based websites I didn’t mention that might be more suited for you. (ehem Medium..) If there’s a place for online gossip, lyrical geeking, and just pure randomness, then you will definitely find a website where you can fit in and enjoy.

Everybody is welcome to join the internet.