These Forum websites can be a great source of information and help for the small business person.
Just do a web search for something like real estate web forum.) Now you can see this is where we start to get into the idea of "hybrid" sites.
Photo Sharing and other forms of sharing sites might also be considered community building sites, much as Blogging sites are.
People took the words Web Logs and shortened it to Blogs—online diaries, journals, or editorials, if you will. A person used to be outdated if he/she did not have a website, now having a blog is de rigeur.
A blog owner will log-on daily, weekly, or whenever, and write about whatever is going on in their lives or business, or they may comment on politics and news. Now anyone who can afford a blog can be self published and allow their thoughts to be read by anyone in the world who has online access.
Many publishers will ask a prospective client about their platform. A writers website would include a biography, a catalog of published books and works, perhaps excerpts from some works, links to publications on sites like Amazon.com, a link to the writer's blog, reviews and comments on the author's publications.
In other words, "If we publish your book, what sort of a reader base do you already have that we can count on to buy your new publication? You get the idea, and that is to build a following, a fan base to which future publications can be directly marketed.
Writer's and Author's websites are part of what's known as the Writer's or Author's Platform in the publishing business.
The platform includes, a website, a Facebook presence, , Twitter account, and the old fashioned mailing list.
Can Dating Sites be considered Community Building Sites, or are they E-commerce Sites. The use of mobile devices (smart phones, tablets, watches, etc.) has become ubiquitous.