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Social interaction in virtual communities: the significance of technology
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Web Based Communities, ISSN 1477-8394, Vol. 1, no 4, 464-474 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, it is argued that supporting technology influences the way interaction occurs in a virtual community. The empirical part of the study comprises interviews with visitors at LunarStorm, the most popular online community among young people in Sweden. The study highlights a specific feature within the software environment of LunarStorm and the empirical data show that this feature strongly influences community life. Based on these findings it is argued that there is a need for further studies that aim for increasing the knowledge about the role of the technology when designing for social interaction and community development.

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2005. Vol. 1, no 4, 464-474 p.
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virtual community, technology, social interaction
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Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-13319DOI: doi:10.1504/IJWBC.2005.008111OAI: diva2:152990
Available from: 2007-11-30 Created: 2007-11-30 Last updated: 2012-02-20

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