Archive for the ‘Interaction’ Category

Over the past 12 weeks I have looked at many issues related to the use, and running, of online communities. Over the Christmas period, in addition to eating turkey until it came out of my ears, I have spent time pondering just how I can wrap everything up in a concluding entry. In 1970 when […]


Every time you log onto the Internet, your actions are being logged and someone (or something) is making use of your online habits. One site which profits from this technology is Amazon. Unless it is a first visit, every time you log on to Amazon you will be presented with recommended products for purchase. Amazon […]


Within online communities exist people who gather together to form groups – or guilds if you’re a gamer. Groups are generally the result of a joint interest beyond that which brought them together in the community in the first place. Many communities welcome groups as they increase the number of postings or bring together experts […]


In 1970, R. F. Bales released a book titled ‘Personality and Interpersonal Behaviour’. It dealt with the communication patterns between a group of people. This has since been used to analyse online communities using what is commonly known as Bales’ Interaction Process Analysis (or IPA). IPA contains 12 different categories which can be used to […]