Principles, tips, advice, and ideas for designing, creating, growing, maintaining, or using online – virtual communities

A list of principles for designing on-line communities created by Dr. Sorin A. Matei and his students registered in various versions

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Virtual Sociability: From Community to Communitas book sees virtual space as permanent, conflict ridden initiation ritual (free download, Smashwords, Kindle, Amazon,PDF, .mobi, ebook)

To what degree can the human exchanges we observe online be called “sociability”? In other words, do these exchanges amount

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Group responsible for 2010 Wikileaks Denial of Service attacks against Amazon and Visa splits, reveals power elite, confirms main ideas of Virtual sociability book

The hacktivist group Anonymous, which was recently in the news for its strong-armed support of Wikileaks, is in the middle

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What can uses and gratifications theory tell us about social media?

This is a learning module for the class Contemporary Social / Mass Media Theory taught at Purdue University bySorin Adam Matei Of

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The social impact of social media: creator or destroyer of social capital?

This is a learning module for the class Contemporary Social / Mass Media Theory taught at Purdue University by Sorin Adam Matei Social

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Social media and identity: From Goffman to Sherry Turkle, Meyrowitz and beyond

This is a learning module for the class Contemporary Social / Mass Media Theory taught at Purdue University by Sorin Adam Matei Identity

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Individualism Online

Submitted by Christina Kalinowski on October 22nd, 2008 to the On-line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2008, Purdue University, Dr. Sorin A. Matei via the I Think Blog

Abstract

Individualism is highly valued in American culture, and its growing importance to American identity has captured researchers’ attention. Not only has our cultural preoccupation with ourselves been receiving much attention, but increasingly so in conjunction with discussions of the internet. The internet, by its very nature, not only facilitates the expression of individualism, it has increasingly been shaped by individuals for this purpose. The internet has been idealized by many as a utopian medium, one in which the self can be expressed and everyone’s voice can be heard. While the internet may provide individuals with more opportunities to express individualism, tensions exist. The expression of individualism is a solitary activity, and many sites for said expression are populated by other users; thus, there is a tension between the desire to express oneself and socially constructed norms regarding respect for others.

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The building of community and self-expression in online groups

Submitted by “Adrienne Hall” on October 22, 2008 to the On-line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2008, Purdue University, Dr. Sorin A. Matei via the I Think Blog.

Abstract

This essay attempts to begin explaining how participation in online social interactions impacts everyday life. More specifically, how it causes a change in behavior in interpersonal relationships and methods of communication. It begins with a definition of community leading into a discussion on online communities. Finally it concludes with insight on why people join online communities and how it affects our everyday lives. The idea of the essay is to review the existing literature and to begin developing ideas for future research. […]

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Creating Online Community: Critical Issues and Practical Guidelines

Submitted by Colleen E. Brown on November 26 to the On-line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2007, Purdue University, Dr.

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Online Community Development: Principles, Practices, and Issues

Submitted on November 26, 2007, to the On-line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2007, Purdue University, Dr. Sorin A. Matei

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Growing online communities

Submitted by Pamela Morris on November 26, 2007 to the On-line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2007, Purdue University, Dr.

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Welcome to I-berspace: Media Gratifications in Successful Virtual Communities

Submitted by Robert N. Yale on October 15, 2007 to the On-line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2007, Purdue University,

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Don’t Contradict Yourself: Community and its Paradoxes in Cyberspace

Submitted by Colleen E. Brown on October 15, 2006 to the On-line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2007, Purdue University,

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Glimpses of Community on the Web

Submitted by Pamela Morris on October 14, 2007 to the On-line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2007, Purdue University, Dr.

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Front Porches and Public Spaces: Planned Communities Online

Front Porches and Public Spaces: Planned Communities Online Susan Huelsing Sarapin Comm. 632: Online Interaction Professor: Dr. Sorin Matei November

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I Link, Therefore, I Am: Connection and Identity in Computer-Mediated Communication

By Susan Huelsing Sarapin Submitted on October 22, 2006 to the On-Line Interaction and Facilitation Seminar, Fall 2006, Purdue University

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Emerging technologies, spatial behavior and community belonging

New media and emerging technologies continue to change not only our communication (Gunn, 2006; Jones, 2006), but also our relationships,

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Layered, Emergent and Adaptive Communication Network Systems

Lorraine Kisselburgh This week, Noshir Contractor introduces a rich array of information in discussing communication networks, new grid infrastructures, and

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