09_Virtual_Communities

09_Virtual_Communities - CS 6 Topic 9 Virtual Communities...

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Unformatted text preview: CS 6 Topic 9 Virtual Communities Communication Email lists (listservs) Forums on websites Live instant messaging rooms Personal web-pages Wikis MMORPGs What’s the difference? Virtual Community: focuses on interaction. Boards, chat, etc. Less focus on the individual profiles. Most likely no way to ‘link’ profiles. Social Networking: focuses on the profiles, and the networking of those profiles. Less focus on boards or ‘communal spaces.’ Purpose Informational: Product support Medical information Hobbies Purpose Social: Dating Friendship Sports Activism Purpose Professional: Job Seeking References Referrals Professional Organizations Purpose Support Medical problems Grieving support Common goals (weight loss, etc.) Purpose Support for real life groups: Soccer team practices and games Membership rules and forms Fast communication to everyone. Membership Cycle Lurker Novice / Noob Regular Leader Elder Small World 1967 – Stanley Milgram Six degrees of separation. Funneling effect. Problems Sites that echo the real world . . . Sites that replace the real world . . . Internet Addiction Internet addicts addicted mostly to interaction. Chat, gamming, gambling. Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) (disputed!) 1. Tolerance: 2. Two or more withdrawal symptoms. 3. Use Internet to avoid withdrawal symptoms. 4. Accessed more often, stayed online longer than intended. 5. A significant amount of time is spent in Internet related activities. 6. Important social, occupational, or recreational activities are given up. 7. Relationships, job, education risked because of Internet use. ...
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