Ghost of Midnight

… about neighbors, community and Front Porch Forum

Using online services to fight vs. commit crime

Posted on Wednesday, September 3, 2008 by No comments yet

I like CraigsList and am in awe of its unfathomunable scale (estimated value: $9 billion).  And occasionally people will draw comparisons to our comparatively tiny start-up, Front Porch Forum.

So it was interesting today when someone pointed out that the local versions of both services are in the news this week here in Burlington… but with different spins…

CraigsList for being used to commit crimes (alleged prostitution) and…

Front Porch Forum for being used to fight crimes (vandalism, theft, speeding).

Posted in: Citizen Journalism, Clay Shirky, Community Building, Democracy, Front Porch Forum, Knight Foundation, Local Online, MacArthur Fellows, Media, Neighborhood, Neighborhood Watch, social capital, Social Networking, Stories

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