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== Definition ==
 
== Definition ==
   
An '''online community''' (also referred to as '''Internet communtiy''', '''virtual community''' or '''e-community''') is a group of people that primarily [[interact]] via [[communication media]] such as newsletters, telephone, [[email]], [[social network]] service or [[instant message]]s rather than [[face-to-face]], for social, professional, educational or other purposes.
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An '''online community''' (also referred to as '''Internet community''', '''virtual community''' or '''e-community''') is a group of people that primarily [[interact]] via [[communication media]] such as newsletters, [[telephone]], [[email]], [[social network]] service or [[instant message]]s rather than [[face-to-face]], for social, professional, educational or other purposes.
   
 
== Overview ==
 
== Overview ==
   
Internet, virtual and online communities have also become a supplemental form of communication between people who know each other primarily in real life. Many means are used in social [[software]] separately or in combination, including [[text]]-based [[chatroom]]s and [[forum]]s that use voice, [[video]] or [[avatar]]s.
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[[Internet]], [[virtual community|virtual]] and [[online communities]] have also become a supplemental form of [[communication]] between people who know each other primarily in real life. Many means are used in social [[software]] separately or in combination, including [[text]]-based [[chatroom]]s and [[forum]]s that use [[voice]], [[video]] or [[avatar]]s.
   
   

Latest revision as of 18:57, 28 November 2011

Definition[]

An online community (also referred to as Internet community, virtual community or e-community) is a group of people that primarily interact via communication media such as newsletters, telephone, email, social network service or instant messages rather than face-to-face, for social, professional, educational or other purposes.

Overview[]

Internet, virtual and online communities have also become a supplemental form of communication between people who know each other primarily in real life. Many means are used in social software separately or in combination, including text-based chatrooms and forums that use voice, video or avatars.


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