to a definition, the Internet Community (IC) is "a collection
of individuals who use computers, software, and other means to
discuss common interests transcendentally, outside (actually:
with little meaning) of time and space".
The term is
quite frequently used on the net, according to the Google. This
popular search engine found almost 3 million pages mentioning
it, as of June 2001.
Not only that
the Internet as a medium made it possible to meet people worldwide
who share similar interests, but it has also brought new and exciting
interactive technologies to support the community activities.
will give an overview of such technologies, with their good and
bad sides. ICs can choose among USENET news groups, e-mail lists,
webrings, interactive Web sites, file sharing P2P networks (Gnutella,
Napster), chat and discussion boards and similar technologies
(irc, icq, instant messaging), virtual 3D words, etc., to organize
themselves and come together.
As an example,
a virtual community for collaborative creation of music, named
GIYAB, will be presented. GIYAB is a recursive acronym for "Giyab
Isn't Yet Another Band". It's a music of the community, because
everyone can contribute to the music by sending their own voice,
guitar recordings or alike. Such organisation of making music
has powerful features like: getting an orchestra easier, recordings
of rare instruments, or a whole "internet choir". The
participants will also receive instructions of how to get free
tools for starting a GIYAB based music virtual community.
is also intended to spark a discussion about what can make an
Internet community more alive, and give practical advice to participants
on choosing the right technology and possible approach, with examples
such as creating an IC on groups.yahoo.com.