Online Communication

I’ve been thinking about different sorts of internet communities, and how they can feel pretty different based on their primary medium. By “community” I mean a group you specifically choose to be part of, a group where you can recognize other “regulars”…a group that feels like a “place” that feels comfortable. Sometimes this is going to be a closed group of friends; other times it’s friends-of-friends that come and go; still others it’s people oriented around a common interest. But as far as text-based online media go, I think they fit into five main categories: Messaging, Chat Rooms, Livestream Chat, Comment Threads, and Forums.