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Birmingham Online Communities

Here’s a list of various Birmingham communities around the Web, in no particular order.

Metroblogging Birmingham (duh ;)

Birmingham Gumtree is owned by eBay, I think? I saw an add on eBay for Gumtree, anyway. It seems similar to Craigslist only a bit more well organised.

Birmingham Flickr Group appears to be one of the more popular venues for discussion. I guess there are lots of camera lovers in the Birmingham area. I really want to go to one of the Birmingham FlickR meetups, but every time they roll around I always have some excuse not to go :(

Birmingham: It’s Not Shit is an interesting site for various Birmingham-related tidbits. They also have a forum with a few regulars.

The Birmingham community on Orkut is another one… although Orkut never really got going after a fairly lacklustre launch just before being swallowed by Google. It now seems to be dominated by Brazilians (Orkut, that is, not just the Birmingham community).

So what have I missed? What do y’all think of any of those that i’ve already listed. Do you actually use them? I’ll update this list with any good suggestions you have.

City-wide Wi-Fi?

It looks like the prospect of ubiquitous ‘net access in Birmingham is coming ever closer, as BT recently announced plans to massively increase the number of wireless access points around several UK cities (including dear ol’ Brum)! There are already several other initiatives aiming to provide such coverage, such as The Cloud and T-Mobile Hotspots, which cater more towards just the coffee shop crowd. Anyone know of any more in the Birmingham / West Midlands area?

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