New information and communications technologies have disrupted many traditional forms of community but enabled the emergence of new ones. This paper examines pertinent characteristics of communities, before describing three case studies of commercially operated web-based communities. The research demonstrates the social and commercial value of the concept of community.
This article was originally published as: Connery, A & Hasan, H, Social and Commercial Sustainability of Regional Web-based Communities, International Journal of Web-Based Communities, 2005, 1(3), 246-261. Copyright 2005 Inderscience. Original journal available here.