Title: Beyond the web: integrated digital communities

Authors: Elizabeth Sillence

Addresses: PACT Lab, School of Psychology and Sports Science, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST, UK

Abstract: This paper details two case studies exploring integration within digital communities. Three types of integration are introduced – information, technological and online–offline integration. These concepts are explored through two online fan communities and through a mobile web-based system. All types of integration were present and are vital to the communication and interaction needs of the members.

Keywords: web-based communities; digital technology; information integration; text messaging; digital communities; technology integration; online–offline integration; mobile communications.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2005.006933

International Journal of Web Based Communities, 2005 Vol.1 No.3, pp.360 - 371

Published online: 25 Apr 2005 *

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