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10 Online Communities That Will Save You Time and Money

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Social Networks

The sole purpose of most online communities which are based on social networking model is to be of use to its members. Even so, a large number of them escapes this reasoning. There are useful networks, and then there are useful networks.

Well! Here comes our Top 10 List of the most useful online communities today.

  1. The Freecycle Network

    The Freecycle Network™ has almost 7 million members across the globe. It’s a network of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. The mission of Freecycle Network is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on landfills. Impressive, really.

    Visit The Freecycle Network™

  2. Fiverr

    Fiverr is the proof that brilliant ideas are the simple ones. It is the place for people to share things they are willing to do for $5. You’d be surprised how many great gigs you can find when it comes to social marketing, advertising, online promotion, writing, unusual and fun gifts, business, or just outright bizarre.

    And it just might inspire you to post a gig of your own and earn a quick $5. Check it out, you won’t be sorry.

    Visit Fiverr

  3. Quora

    Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge. A vast amount of the knowledge that would be valuable to many people is currently only available to a few — either locked in people’s heads, or only accessible to select groups. Quora aims to connect the people who have knowledge to the people who need it, to bring together people with different perspectives so they can understand each other better, and to empower everyone to share their knowledge for the benefit of the rest of the world.


    Visit Quora

  4. Swapaskill

    SwapaSkill is an online community where people swap skills, favors, and even items. Legal advice for home repairs, guitar lessons for webpage design, second hand car for home decoration, anything goes.

    Visit SwapaSkill

  5. 99designs

    99designs is the best place on the internet to get professional, high quality and affordable graphic design services. It is based on the principle of crowdsourcing, or having an open contest for your project and letting designers compete to win your business.

    How does it work? You pay up front and set the price for your logo, flyer, website, or whatever it is you need. You then create a “brief” — a description of what you want — and wait. Within days, designers from around the world will submit their prospective design solutions. You then need to rate each design and give feedback to designer. After a set time, your contest ends, and you pick an overall winner, who then sends you the logo in either PSD (Photoshop format; suitable for Web logos) or AI format (Adobe Illustrator–better for printing.)

    Visit 99designs

  6. Live Mocha

    Live Mocha is an online platform for learning foreign languages, integrated  with a global community of language learners. Currently it supports six popular languages – English, Spanish, French, Hindi, German, and Mandarin Chinese.

    Visit Live Mocha

  7. CouchSurfing

    CouchSurfing is an international network that connects travelers with locals in over 230 countries and territories around the world. This is a revolutionary concept in low-budget accommodation:  members open the door of their home to accommodate a traveller, usually on the living room sofa. But more than this, people come together for cultural exchange, friendship, and learning experiences. Today, over a million people who might otherwise never meet are able to share hospitality and cultural understanding.

    Visit CouchSurfing

  8. Dig N Swap

    Dig N Swap is a very functional website that provides an easy, prominent search on the front page, allowing for a quick preview. One page down you can find a categories cloud: search by type of clothing/accessory, brand, or size. Both the quantity and quality of clothes are good, though the amount of clothes available in high-end fashion brands, such as BCBGMAXAZRIA and Jimmy Choo, are more limited. Users manage their own shipping and arrange details with their fellow swappers.

    Visit Dig N Swap

  9. PaperbackSwap

    There are many book exchange websites, but PaperbackSwap is definitely the biggest one, and not limited only to paperbacks. Here you can trade hardbacks, audio books, textbooks, etc. Equally useful are the two sister sites, SwapaCD and SwapaDVD.

    Visit PaperbackSwap
    Visit SwapaCD
    Visit SwapaDVD

  10. Car Sharing

    The concept of ride-sharing aims to be a win-win solution, providing commuters with a cheaper alternative to taxis and private cars while allowing drivers to earn some money. Most of these platforms operate on the same concept: they match users, drivers and passengers, along the same route.

    If you are in the States, Uber offers the best coverage. If you are in Europe, try BlaBlaCar. Wherever you are in the world, chances are there is a car sharing service available to you locally – just google it!


    Visit Uber
    Visit BlaBlaCar

[tags]networking, communities, useful, original, innovative, groups, networks, web 2.0[/tags]

About Dubie Bacino

Always on the lookout for new, original and innovative, Dubie loves spotting upcoming trends in cyber culture, discovering useful tools and innovative start-ups and inventions. To the Google+ crowd, she is known as the curator of stunning photography.


  1. Wow, PaperbackSwap – smart site! With the prices of books now, it makes perfect sense to do this. Thank you… I don’t know how I would have found this site if I didn’t stumble upon your site!

  2. Keep up the great job; very informative.

  3. QypeBeauge says:

    Nice list! I’ll make sure to bookmark this page, it will come in handy.

  4. Dear Author http://www.top10tag.com !
    Certainly. I agree with told all above.

  5. I’ve used Couch Surfing, and it works! The rest are all new to me, I’ll definitely give them a try!

  6. I want to quote your post in my blog. It can?
    And you get an account on Twitter?

  7. Very useful and nice site!

  8. swapster says:

    Love yedda ! Great site.

  9. Great info, thanks for mentioning swapstyle what a fantastic site!

  10. another great Q&A site like Yedda is askalo, a local Q&A community that allows everyone to discover new experiences about their city in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Ask any question about things to do in your city and receive unique and useful answers from local people.

  11. Roberta J. says:

    I like this Live Mocha concept, thanks for the tip!

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