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“In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting species sharing a populated environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.”

“Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community no longer has geographical limitations, as people can now virtually gather in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location.”

It is hard task to define what a Community is and what isn’t. Sometimes people live in the same building or the same flat but belong to different communities; on another hand some people live half-globe apart but belong to the same one. (I have seen doctors, scientist, and young anti-globalists from different countries talking about common subjects for hours without even knowing each other’s names.)

Internet represents groups and clusters of groups united by same ideas, goals, interests or even social deformities.

Internet and social media tools do not change what we are; it just simplifies communication and connects us.  Question is how simplicity and affordability can affect outcomes and influence of these communities?


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  1. In many ways. Let’s for example think accountability in a community or productivity in a task. Through part technological automation and part insight through collaboration, communities as a whole can be affected or prompted to action not previously conceived. The level of organization of a community and its agility in terms of responses to live situations are also greatly enhanced. We have seen examples of these in the past (e.g. corporate responsibility, disasters). The other aspect is that communities influence other communities too in usually a tacit manner. This is an important factor influencing the growth of a community. By helping us make these connections, social media and internet tools open communities up to diverse influences, expertise and to access a larger base of members.

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