- Title: VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES: An entry from Gale's Gale Encyclopedia of E-Commerce
- Released: 0000-00-00
- Pages: 0
- ASIN: B001VT3ACO
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Virtual communities organize and bring together individuals, groups, and businesses in cyberspace around common interests or purposes. From identity-and interest-based communities to industry-based business-to-business exchanges, virtual communities proliferated in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Each community has its own character, rules, culture, interface, and features, depending on the purposes to which it is dedicated and the community it serves. Thus, it is difficult to articulate the make-up of a "typical" community, although virtual-community operators shared many of the same technical and logistic concerns common to the community model....