This presentation by David Wilcox at the annual meeting of the UK Urban Forum led to the first Communities Online conference at BT Centre in October 1995 and later to the development of UK Communities Online.
Few to many communication.
Few to few relationships.
Many to many relationships.
The scope for many to many communication.
Some loose definitions
Fashionable because of:
Can electronic networking help?
What are the mainly forms of electronic networking? Bulletin Boards, commercial services, Internet. What do you need? Computer, modem and software. What does it cost? Free BBS - just the call. Commercial - maybe £6 per month plus phone plus timer charges. Internet - £10-£15 per month plus local phone charges. Who owns or manages? BBS - system operator. Commercial - major corporations. Internet - no-one. What can you do? One to one e-mail: all - with limits Many to many discussion groups: all - with limits Many to many mailing lists: Internet File libraries: all Hypertext pages: Internet What are the benefit? Speed, economy and informality of one-to-one e-mail. Minimum-cost mass-distribution of messages. Documents on tap, with ability to rework material. International, cross sector, professional communities. What are the snags? Very few people are online. Potential for information elitism.