In 2010, I wrote about what I felt were the five best paranormal social networks. I haven’t written about them since, but I feel compelled to revisit the topic thanks to the newest paranormal social network (Haunted Society) I added to the Links page. So that’s what I’m going to do.
When I first started Haunt Jaunts back in 2009, I didn’t know about paranormal social networks. I mean, I did. MySpace was still around back then, Twitter was catching on, and Facebook was starting to hit its stride.
But they were what I like to call mass appeal social networks. Anyone can use them, interests can (and often do) mish mash. You can find your specific interests and follow favorite people, blogs, musicians, shows, etc., but as far as connecting with others in a set community, like the paranormal one? I probably preferred Twitter most when I was first learning the paranormal social networking ropes.
In fact, I probably would say I still prefer Twitter as a paranormal social network. I can find all kinds of events, books, people and haunted places through Tweets.
Although, Facebook’s developed a lot over the years. There are some superb Facebook pages and groups that are very active and also loaded with information. A few of my faves include:
- Paranormal Event’s Page
- Lovers of Ghost Stories
- NSPIR (National Society of Paranormal Investigation and Research, Inc)
But, like everything, both Twitter and Facebook have their drawbacks. Others noticed and set up dedicated paranormal social networks to try and connect like-minded people with other like-minded people.
And if you know one thing about this paranormal community of ours, like-minded isn’t as easy to come by as it may seem. Some camps believe in orbs and that every single one ever captured on any photo is absolute, definitive proof that a ghost was caught in the shot.
Others are much more skeptical and reticent about believing anything. They can find a way to explain any bump, cold spot, or out-of-the-normal gadget reading with a logical assessment.
Then there are those who just want to share their ghost stories, or hear them. They’re not interested in investigation or research.
There are also the thrill seekers. Those who want to go get creeped out by visiting an allegedly haunted place.
The beauty is: there is no right or wrong. (Well, okay, trespassing and vandalism are never cool or condone-able.) Some like to say there is only one way to do anything when it comes to the paranormal, but that’s becuse they only know one way (their way) and they think it’s the best. Naturally. I think we’re all prone to thinking our way is the best way until someone can show us otherwise.
At any rate, no matter your style or preference for interacting in the paranormal community, there’s most definitely a paranormal social network for you. Here’s a few I belong to. Haven’t participated much lately, but it’s due to lack of time not lack of interest in the sites.
- Haunted Society – I like the news items they send out. Very interesting.
- MyPara The Paranormal Social Network – I think they were one of the first and they continue to be popular.
- United Paranormal International – The thing I like about this one is the unity it strives to foster and its groups, like the Historic Preservation group and all the state chapters.
Do you belong to a paranormal social network? If so, which one? Why do you like it?
Don’t belong to one but would like to scope some out? On our Links page, scroll down until you see our Paranormal Social Networks section. Check some of those out. You might find something to fit you there.