There have been numerous ways to meet other Tolkien fans; you could go to events organised by your local Tolkien Society, travel to Tolkien art exhibitions or to events of Tolkien Societies across the globe. There are tons of Tolkien related websites and boards to meet other Tolkien lovers. Most websites however are specialized and focus on specific topics, there are for example Tolkien collector sites, Tolkien art sites, Tolkien movie related sites, Tolkien wiki's and Tolkien linguistic websites; but no 'general' media that connects all different Tolkien fans. These days however it seems Tolkien lovers have found that Facebook is an ideal place for connecting up, to learn to know new friends and keep track of what others are doing. Many Tolkien societies have opened up Tolkien groups and many Tolkien lovers have inscribed themselves to Facebook; I'll make a list down here.
Why Facebook is so important for the Tolkien community
Facebook’s global user numbers have boomed from around 40 million monthly unique visitors in April, 2007 to 115 million unique monthly users this past April, with 62 million new users coming from outside the US. My personal profile existed for a long time on Facebook, but only now I seem to see that more and more Tolkien friends are entering into this new media phenomenon; and the more Tolkien lovers join, the more exciting it gets.
Facebook is the precursor of something that can be called mass interpersonal persuasion. It is a new and fresh phenomenon and the most important thing to happen in the world of persuasion since the advent of the radio over 100 years ago. Radio changed the game for persuasion because it allowed a message to be broadcast to thousands and millions of people, which was previously not possible. TV was an extension of that. Now Facebook comes into play and friends influence friends, who influence friends, and that keeps rippling out. Now Tolkien Societies, Tolkien sites, Tolkien scholars and artists can reach people very quickly for very little cost and ordinary people can set things in motion. Facebook is a social network that allows Tolkien fans to meet, talk and learn to know each other in an easy and fun way.
All latest Tolkien news on Twitter and Facebook
To add something to it, Tolkien Library has set up a Twitter account (you can follow me here: https://www.twitter.com/TolkienLibrary), where I'm posting all latest Tolkien news. You can always find me on Twitter, so in case you need to ask something... I am in Twitter almost all day. Twitter is good fun, but the most important thing is that in my twitter channel I gather all latest Tolkien related news. If you want to be up to date of all latest Tolkien news, then follow me at Twitter or read my personal Facebook Profile!
A list of Tolkien Societies and Tolkien Sites on Facebook
Here follows a list of Tolkien Societies that are listed on Facebook. Hereby I invite all Tolkien Societies to make a group on Facebook. Hope this list will grow a lot! (There is no particular order in which the Societies have been listed)
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