Lots of real estate moves through Front Porch Forum… houses and commercial properties for sale, apartment and office space for rent, families searching for information about neighborhoods, school, homeowners discussing property values and taxes, etc. FPF helps neighbors connect about whatever it is they’d like to discuss… and real estate is a consistent theme.
There are sites and tools out there that are more directly focused on location: the online places where people talk about their physical places. Some of these are simply Facebook pages. But some are more specialized.
My favorite example is always Burlington, Vt.’s Front Porch Forum,… [which] is broken down by neighborhood. The only people talking on the list are actual neighbors. It’s super useful, but not very common.
Owning a similar social media site like this would be a strategic advantage in towns where it doesn’t already exist. It would be like a newsletter, but instead of being a social product it would be a social activity.