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Elements of Intimacy

The things that create intimate spaces online are the same things that create intimate spaces in the real world: trust, respect, and honesty. The difference in virtual spaces is that the participants in the community don’t have the same control they do in real places, and they don’t always feel the same investment.

So the challenge is to create a safe environment where users feel comfortable engaging each other on an emotional level. That takes a lot of work, because there are obstacles to overcome. Here are some of the biggest ones, each with some possible solutions based on my experience creating intimate virtual spaces.


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