Virtual Communities

Virtual Communities

George Kontolemakis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece), Panagiotis Kanellis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) and Drakoulis Martakos (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-561-0.ch146
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In recent years, computer mediated communication has been the enabling factor for connecting people to one another and establishing “virtual relationships” (Igbaria, 1999; Johnston, Raizada, & Cronin, 1996). Virtual communities evolved as users of the early networks utilized them mainly for informal rather than business-related communication. These communities were not planned development in the sphere of computer networking. As this form of interaction increased, the users began to demand better and improved technology and functionality which would assist them in their interactions. “Virtual Communities describe the union between individuals or organizations who share common values and interests using electronic media to communicate within a shared semantic space on a regular basis” (Schubert, 1999).

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