Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ 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 […]


In the US, politicians have long since been making use of the web as a key tool to encourage people to vote. Slowly, but surely, this trend is making its way across the water. Indeed, in a recent list published by ‘Short List Magazine’ Issue 22 on November 22nd, politics came out 7th in the […]


When considering all the types of communities that exist, often the most obvious are over looked. This very software upon which this blog is written, for example, has a community of web developers behind it. In this article I will look at the role of communities within organisations. There are various types which can be […]


Considering the vast amounts of online communities that exist, it probably comes as no surprise there are thousands of people trying to exploit their users. TV adverts will have you believe that all you need to stay safe online is the latest expensive updates of McCarefree anti-virus, but when someone contacts you personally no amount […]


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 […]


In the early days of the WWW, nobody wanted to be anonymous. The whole point of Internet based communities was to interact with people who you would not normally meet and share your life experiences. These days, the trend has shifted and many now use the Internet as a way of hiding away from their […]