An interesting one man band in Burlington, VT is setting up an online social network focused on real world social networks of yore: neighborhoods. Apparently some 20 percent of all of the residents of Burlington have joined the Front Porch Forum. To me, that’s a staggering statistic and once again demonstrates that online communications tools serve as an add-on, not a replacement, for real world communication and relationships.
Robert Scoble conducted an interview with the founder of this company, Michael Wood-Lewis, and explored how the company came to be and where it is headed. The fact that this sort of adoption has taken place with no formal marketing and just a single employee (and apparently some web development contracting) is remarkable.
I have embedded Scoble’s video here: