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Growing pains of virtual communities

Aldo de Moor, colleague and coauthor of An argumentation analysis of weblog conversations paper starts a weblog, GrowingPains, which is “a place to discuss the meeting of theory and practice on evolving virtual communities”.

From an introductory post:

Although the importance of virtual communities is clear, much of their potential is not realized. Many never reach maturity, become paralyzed, or die before they have accomplished their goals. Virtual communities are living organisms: they have (or lack) energy, grow, and have a lifecycle. To make them successful, their evolution needs to be fully understood. Research on the evolutionary dynamics of virtual communities is still in its infancy. With this blog, I hope to contribute to a fascinating and much-needed research discussion on how to alleviate the growing pains of virtual communities.

Archived version of this entry is available at http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2004/04/25.html#a1183; comments are here.

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