Since we here at BB are an Online community, and I feel as close to some of you as I do some of my real life friends... I thought this article would be interesting... http://swerve.lifechurch.tv/2007/01/10/online-world-as-important-to-people-as-the-real-world/ "As I typed the title to this post, I wondered if the title would even make sense in the future…does it even make sense now to some people? Will there actually be a distiction between the terms “online world” and “real world” or will they be so connected that different terms are not needed? The USC Center for the Digital Future has sent out this summary (pdf) of the 2007 Digital Future Report. It covers the most recent results of an ongoing study about Internet use and online communities. One very interesting note is that now 43% of Internet users feel as strongly about their Internet communities and they do about their real-world communities. Can a church or “community” that gathers online be as valuable or real as in-person? Apparently a growing group of people would say yes."