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Online Social Networks, Virtual Communities, Enterprises, and Information Professionals

Online Social Networks, Virtual Communities, Enterprises, and Information Professionals: “The field of social networks and virtual communities is new, relatively unstructured, and very dynamic. Organizations everywhere are struggling to understand and benefit from it.”
Good introduction to the history of social networking. More accurate, however, to state that the technology behind social networks and communities is advancing (it’s not really new). Virtual communities have been around since 1980s (as mentioned in the article). Recently the formation of these networks and communities has become much simpler. The real area of growth is the ease of tool use.