[Air-l] internet community breakups

Marcus Foth m.foth at qut.edu.au
Thu Jan 25 09:16:40 PST 2007

Hi Ellie

in addition to what colleagues have posted already, I suggest the  
following articles:

Andrews, D. C., Preece, J., & Turoff, M. (2001, Jan 3-6). A  
Conceptual Framework for Demographic Groups Resistant to Online  
Community Interaction. Paper presented at the 34th Hawaii  
International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Island of Maui,  

Butler, B. S. (2001). Membership Size, Communication Activity, and  
Sustainability. Information System Research, 12(4), 346-362.

Maloney-Krichmar, D., Abras, C., & Preece, J. (2002, Jun 6-8).  
Revitalizing an Online Community. Paper presented at the  
International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) – Social  
Implications of Information and Communication Technology, Raleigh, NC.

Caleb has an interesting article on his website which talks about the  
purposeful breakup of an online community in order to re-establish it:
Clark, C. J. (1999, Jan 12). Hot Tubbing an Online Community.    
Retrieved Jan 25, 2007, from http://www.plocktau.com/writing/hottub.html

And chapter 11 in Derek's book is entitled "Killing Your Community":
Powazek, D. M. (2002). Design for Community: The Art of Connecting  
Real People in Virtual Places. Indianapolis, IN: New Riders.

This article may be of interest from a more general perspective:
Selwyn, N. (2003). Apart from technology: understanding people’s non- 
use of information and communication technologies in everyday life.  
Technology in Society, 25(1), 99-116.

In regards to your query about "definition and types of internet  
communities", Robert has written a section about "Taxonomy models for  
online communities" in:
Plant, R. (2004). Online Communities. Technology in Society, 26(1),  

hope this is useful, cheers, marcus

Dr Marcus Foth
Australian Postdoctoral Fellow

Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Queensland University of Technology (CRICOS No. 00213J)
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