Online Communities : Supporting Sociability, Designing Usability, Paperback Book

Online Communities : Supporting Sociability, Designing Usability Paperback

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The purpose of the book is to set up a framework for discussions on social and technical issues of online communities.

Designing usability and supporting sociability lays a solid foundation on which online communities can grow and thrive.

Intended for both students and computer professionals, the book addresses the development of new online communities as well as the improvement of existing ones.

It is divided into two parts -- Getting Acquainted with Online Communities and Developing Online Communities -- along with a preface and a concluding chapter which explores the future of online communities.

For sample chapters and other resources, please check out the web site for the book at


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: Internet guides & online services
  • ISBN: 9780471805991



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This book addresses an issue that is increasingly relevant: how to foster good online interactions (what the author refers to as sociability). Pitched to a non-technical audience, this book covers some technical material about creating online communities, but it also covers registration, moderation, lurking and other social aspects of communities, and how to deal with them.This book is worth a glance for anyone trying to build interactive services online.

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Review of the state of the art as of the late 1990's emphasizes sociability and usability as twin pillars of online communities. Preece cites much literature in other fields, such as sociology, and includes several case studies. A passably good work now dated, it is bogged down by excessive leading which gives it a typewriter look and volume.ETA: You will still want Preece if you are looking for recommendations, but I'm also finding good coverage of related topics in Mark Smith's Communities in Cyberspace.