Social Networking and Buddhism

It's worked for Barack Obama and his election campaign, could it work for Buddhism too?


Social Networking and the internet have proven to be very successful for Barack Obama and his election campaign. Obama has used the worldwide web to get his message out to young voters, enlist volunteers, and solicit campaign funds.

So what can this phase of the internet do for Buddhism? Here are some networking websites that might attract people to Buddhism or already have.


Facebook.com
Of course we start with Facebook which has over 500 groups listed under Buddhism. The largest one comprising close to 4,000 members and includes videos and discussion boards.


Meetup.com
Meetup boasts as being the "world's largest network of local groups." Meetup makes it easy for anyone to find or organize a group in their community.

According to their website, "Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference."

Buddhistway.org
We have also discovered a strictly Buddhist social network. The Buddhist Way encourages you to "share your Buddhist Way of Life." Not as elaborate as the other sites, it does contain blogs, chatrooms and forums.

When we use these sites for communicating the dharma, just remember to be mindful and act responsibly. Also be aware of friendly monks.elcome to BUDDHISTWAY.ORG! Please register yourself and take a look around. There's lots to see and do, so take your time, meet some new friends, and share your Buddhist Way of Life.