I’ve been following the growth of hyperlocal sites – sites that focus on specific geographical areas. Fitzroyalty is focused on Fitzroy, for example, though it also includes whatever occupies my miniscule attention span at any particular moment.
There are some other excellent examples: the Smith St blog covers Fitzroy and Collingwood, the Abbotsford blog specialises in Abbotsford and the inner north-east, and the Republic of Moreland deals with Brunswick, Coburg and surrounding suburbs. I also love I Love St Kilda.
As the New York Times reported in July, hyperlocal sites are becoming more popular. We may usually think that virtual social networks exist to bring together people from opposite ends of the country or other sides of the world, but they are as effective in connecting people who may live only a street away but who may never otherwise meet.