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Virtual Communities

As Agarwal and Liu (2008) state: “Individuals experience a sense of community, a feeling of belonging, a bonding that members matter to one another and their niche needs will be met through online interactions.”

In order to understand the how social networks and social activities behave on the internet we must understand the concept behind them which is virtual communities.

Chin and Chignell (2006) consider virtual community important because people tend to gain the benefits of social relations with other like minded people. They also define virtual communities as accumulated social discussions that emerged from the internet when people carry these discussions publicly with human passion and for a certain period of time to create networks of personal relationships in the internet, from this raised a new common point that members of a community experience which is “Sense of Community” (SOC) which they define as the feeling that members have of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and to the group, and a shared faith the members’ needs will be met through their commitment to be together . (Blogs)

Online Communities

An online community is a form of virtual community that exists online where members contribute positively to ensure it existence. It can take the form of an information system where anyone can post content, such as a Bulletin board system or one where only a restricted number of people can initiate posts, such as Weblogs. Online communities have also become a supplemental form of communication between people who know each other primarily in real life.

The development of networking and communication technologies in recent years has completely set a revolution in the way information is acquired, stored and disseminated. A significant transformation of the traditional face-to-face communities to online communities, has allowed users of the internet to reach out to their counterpart in a manner that is unimaginable. A critical review of online communities will be considered, with the aim to propose a sequence of success attributed to the migration from offline to online communities. Fichter (2005) recognizes considerable number of users in online communities as information consumers, ranging from reading world news to reviewing weather forecast. But acknowledge that many assumed the role of information providers with contribution to important topics such as wikis, blogs, more recently podcasts and videos.


Boyd and Ellison (2007) define Social networking as the practice of expanding individuals business and/or social contacts via web-based services. The activities includes, (1) presentation of members profile within a bounded system to the public or semi-public, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site.

SNS Motivations

The recent research of Lin and Lu, (2011) highlighted the rapid development of social networking sites (SNS) have become the major media by which people develop their personal network online in recent years. Members use easy and efficient way to build and manage their offline social networks online. Communities can be better informed more quickly through online social networking, and become more engaged and involved with one another in an era when social capital is on the decline. Social networks motivate people to enhance socialization and build new community within a similar geographical area for sharing common interest. Finally the ability of people to expand their network lies on searching for interesting members on site and add as friends or business associates.


  • Online communities:The notion of an online community is complex in the sense that, the geographical boundaries inherent in the traditional community is not longer relevant
  • Blogs: One of the most popular and common ways in the World Wide Web to give anyone the opportunity to share their thoughts and opinions to a worldwide audience is the blog which is an accessible venue to for people to express a variety of ideas.
  • Wikis: Collaborative software is to transform the way documents and rich media are shared in order to enable more effective team collaboration.
  • Photos and Videos: Most of the websites on internet are photo or video-sharing-websites, on which users can upload ,share and view videos as well as photos, created by other users. Users can upload or view videos absolutely free of cost by websites like You Tube and Flickr. With advanced technology users can use all these features directly on their mobile phones. Video calling is the latest communication method which is enabled through websites like Yahoo and Skype.

Team Activities


Danah, D.M. Ellison, N.B., 2007. Social Network Sites Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, JCMC, [online]. 13 (1), available at: <> [Accessed 29 March 2011].

Lin, K. Lu, H., 2011. Why people use social networking sites: An empirical study integrating network externalities and motivation theory. Computers in Human Behavior, ACM, [online]. 27 (3), pp. 1152-1161. Available at: [Accessed 30 March 2011].

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Salameh Abu Rmeileh, 2011/04/06 14:49

From now on the Introduction would be restricted for integrity reasons!

If you have any issues please comment…
Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/06 15:56
the tag cloud is good
Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/07 07:27

ISAK dont you think, we should have a particular research titles in our respective areas. Cos taking it in general could be bulky, and will lack sense of direction for what d article will be addressing.Tnx xpecting to hear from you.

Salameh Abu Rmeileh, 2011/04/07 07:43

Good idea but I think we should discuss it with Mr Cain first.

Konstantinos Pappas, 2011/04/07 16:25

ISAK, today we had a discussion with Mr. Evans about whether we can concentrate on a specific area of each topic. The first reaction was very positive.

Salameh Abu Rmeileh, 2011/04/07 19:05

Great! So now I can narrow my title on blogs :)

Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/10 20:38
I have updated the minutes of several meetings we held on the wiki development and deployment, please endevour to check and comment if there are other things we discussed and i missed out. Good luck in your research work.
Salameh Abu Rmeileh, 2011/04/10 22:55

Hi friends, I think we should change the names under the articles namespace from our names to the titles of our articles. What do you think?

Asma Patel, 2011/04/10 23:29

I agree with salameh's suggestion , even I was thinking to change it to article's titles. It will be more descriptive. Lets change it.

Konstantinos Pappas, 2011/04/12 00:19

I couldn't agree more! Visitors here are interested on the information they are looking for and secondly for the writers.

Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/10 23:12
Yes, good idea so that it will be more informative at a glance, for people who subscribe the articles.
Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/15 22:38

Hi, Kosta hope you are doing good with your research work,you may check this materials on the following links whether they will be helpful to you. Wikis in Education: Is Public Better?

Wikis at work: success factors and challenges for sustainability of enterprise Wikis

Wikis as a knowledge management tool

Konstantinos Pappas, 2011/04/17 01:04

Interesting! I had already downloaded the first one from acm. I think that the third is very usefull for my topic.

Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/15 23:31

Hello Salameh, hope you are doing good with your research work,you may check this materials on the following links whether they will be helpful to you.

Taking the high road: Blogging for votes: the ethics of internet campaigning

Using blogging to enhance the initiation of students into academic research

Salameh Abu Rmeileh, 2011/04/15 23:46

Thanks a lot Ibrahim :-)

Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/15 23:42

Hello Asma, hope you are doing good with your research work,you may check this materials on the following links whether they will be helpful to you.

Use and reuse of shared lists as a social content type

Increasing Interactivity in Street View Web Navigation Systems

Asma Patel, 2011/04/17 11:30

thanks Ibrahim :)

Konstantinos Pappas, 2011/04/24 09:19

Ibrahim,have o look on these two links . You may find something useful about your article.

Email and PIM: Problems and Possibilities

Privacy and security for online social networks: challenges and opportunities.

Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/27 15:32

Thanks Mr. Kosta am grateful

Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/28 09:57

SAK, what is the status of the introduction page? I think is high time to put it in the wiki, so that by now we should be thinking of calling meeting to address our conclusion. Thanks

Salameh Abu Rmeileh, 2011/04/28 15:26

Hi Ibrahim, The introduction page is not restricted anymore, so if you want to add you part you can do it. but please leave the article's names as they is, I'll change them later :)

Ibrahim Bello, 2011/04/28 15:56

Hi, Though i have posted my introduction, but i think it will be better to sit together and brainstorm the connectivity of the paragraphs.So that the introduction will focus on our individual area of SNS consideration. or what do you think lady and gentlemen?

Asma Patel, 2011/04/30 11:41

I think we should sit together and discuss about the Introduction page.

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