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Is a Virtual community any different from a real community Is the Virtual community real or imaginary I plan to find out Due to the enormous increase in numbers of internet users over the past several years virtual communities have been created and are being used by millions all over the world Virtual communities are used for users to interact with other users whilst they are surfing the web The Web allows immediate interaction and as in real space many different types of communities exist The power of the Internets connectivity with people from all over the world means cyberspace is most prominently a place to socialise and play and to many enthusiasts the web is a virtual playground where people can gossip flirt fall in love argue exchange knowledge etc As Rheingold states in his book The Virtual Community People in virtual communities do just about everything people do in real life but we leave our bodies behind More and more people every day are socialising on the web whether it is on chat sites forums or newsgroups they all provide some sort of social interaction As Rheingold wrote you cant simply pick up a phone and ask to be connected with someone who wants to talk about Islamic art or California wine you can however join a computer conferences on any of these topics Some say that virtual communities are a good way to interact and make new friends and for those less fortunate eg people who find it hard to interact with others or who may be ill or have a disability of some sort can make new friends and have some sort of interaction with other people rather than the same people they see at home day in day out A number of people say that virtual communities are fake and a
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