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Chapter 41. Creating an Online Community > What Is Virtual Community?

What Is Virtual Community?

In this high-tech age, friendships can be formed, pictures exchanged, and the highs and lows of life celebrated and commiserated—all without ever physically meeting the people with whom you are sharing your innermost thoughts. Online communities have crossed cultural boundaries, bringing together people with similar interests from around the globe. The anonymity of the computer has also breached stereotypes such as age, physical appearance, and disability.

Everyone—from the big business site designer to the personal home page developer—is racing to add community components to their arsenal of features. Because these components are still in their infancy, there are few standards and an ever-increasing number of choices. Each offers a different type of visitor experience, so it's important to make your community component choices with your particular audience in mind.


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