Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2018 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne

Web Communities Versus Physical Communities

  • Andrea L. Kavanaugh
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7131-2_225



Community computing

Networked computing activities and programs focused on generating and supporting interaction and a sense of belonging among users


A very localized area, such as a neighborhood and a six-block area in a city

Social Computing

Information and communication technology designed or used for interpersonal or group behavior and purposes


Internet use has always been social. Moreover, it is through social ties that users have tended to become increasingly drawn into other cooperative activity, whether personal, professional, or community related. Thus, social theory, encompassing social networks, social participation, resource exchange networks, media uses and gratifications, and social influence, has contributed significantly to our understanding of the use and impact of computing related to...

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I would like to thank the National Science Foundation for support for research related to the use and impact of social computing (NIE-9454803, NIE-9603376, IIS-0080864, IIS-0429274, IIS-0738390, IIS-0916733, SES-1111239). I would also like to thank various collaborators including Edward Fox, Joseph Schmitz, John Carroll, Mary Beth Rosson, Philip Isenhour, Daniel Dunlap, Manuel Perez-Quinones, Steven Sheetz, Sameer Ahuja, Ankit Ahuja, SloaneNeidig, B. Joon Kim, Kumbie Madondo, Seungwon Yang, Samah Gad, Naren Ramakrishnan, John Tedesco, Jane Fountain, Nosh Contractor, and Keith Hampton.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Human–Computer InteractionVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)BlacksburgUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Huan Liu
    • 1
  • Lei Tang
    • 2
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Chief Data Scientist, Clari Inc.SunnyvaleUSA