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11 July 2005

The Fanlistings

TFL.org 101: A Guide to The Fanlistings.

A fanlisting is, quite simply, a listing of fans. Fanlistings are similar to any other group or club you might join. You can join a fanlisting to 'show your love of something.' Most fanlistings have small codes, buttons, or plaques available which you can display on your own website if you'd like. Our site definition of a fanlisting is: "A fanlisting is simply an online list of fans of a subject, such as a TV show, actor, or musician, that is created by an individual and open for fans from around the world to join. There are no costs, and the only requirements to join a fanlisting are your name and country... The concept was created to join together fans of certain subjects, as a way of creating tighter fandom communities.

... TheFanlistings.org is a web directory OF fanlistings. We were the first web community (opened in 2000), and we are also the largest... While we share the fanlisting concept with other communities, we are proud to hold these two titles. We aren't 'officially sponsored' in any way, so fanlistings listed here aren't the 'official' fanlisting of a subject. Our site is not a business - our directory is updated and run by volunteers.

They currently list 49,642 fanlistings. That's 49,642 sites that list fans of something. And while the listing contained subjects I'd expected, like Neopets and Jennifer Garner and Firefly, the granularity is amazing: down to actual songs and individual episodes. Fascinating.

(Found via the Yahoo! Directory, when I was looking to update the fansite stats from Jenkins' collective intelligence article.)

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