Groups of people with similar interests who communicate and interact in an online environment.
Web sites that offer free homepages to the public and provide ways for people to share information, interact online and communicate with one another.
Online environments built by marketers to reinforce a sense of belonging in users, and a connection with like-minded people.
Communities that have been developed around an area of common interest, and use online techniques to sustain themselves. They may use electronic bulletin boards (forums), the World Wide Web or email distribution lists to share information and maintain communications. As well as volunteer run communities, others are being developed by commercial ventures, to create a focal point for electronic marketing (see Electronic Communities).
Any group or gathering that exists in cyberspace. It might be a BBS, a hacking group, a network, or even a zaibatsu.
a community accessible only online via computer, enabled by computer conferencing systems that allow people around the world to participate in public conversations or exchange private messages via electronic mail.
Groups of people joined by using the same electronic conferencing system.