Looking to find people who love Japanese schoolgirls as much as you do? They're just a click away. Most Internet communities are small and specialised, because there are only so many people in the world interested in a certain TV show or disgusting fetish. But the following five are so big they've become Internet landmarks.
1. Gaia Online
Stats: 1,829,859,563 posts and about 38,700 users at any given time.
This is it, the largest online community ever. There are 23 million registered accounts, and one million posts are made daily. So what sort of conversation topics could bring that many people together? Current events? Politics? Nah, they mostly talk about anime and video games. There's also a lot of role playing, and a lot of aimless rambling.
If you haven't already guessed, the majority of Gaia Online's users are in their teens. In fact, as we write this, they have an entire board dedicated to members complaining about having to go back to school. The discussions there are as scintillating as you'd imagine.
You may laugh, but Gaia is a serious business: users can pay money to access all sorts of ways to customize their profiles. It's an effective system, considering that Gaia's target audience has a lot of disposable income.
Add in a ton of free collectible items, flash games, and contests to get users addicted to the community, and you suddenly realise that the people who run Gaia Online are probably evil geniuses.
Although the fact that they have to maintain a forum full of nerdy teenagers seems like adequate punishment to us.
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