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Diversification

It’s time for us, all of us, to move beyond thinking about virtual communities in terms of chat, web-based discussions, and email. These three little worlds are becoming less distinct every day as they commingle with newer technologies such as instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing programs, and video conferencing.

If virtual community is about connecting real people together, then it’s those real people and the interconnecting relationships between them that are at the core. The “virtual” part of “virtual community” is the digital connections between those real people, but what form those connections take is becoming less and less important.


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