Computer Networks as Social Networks: Collaborative Work, Telework, and Virtual Community

@article{Wellman1996ComputerNA,
  title={Computer Networks as Social Networks: Collaborative Work, Telework, and Virtual Community},
  author={Barry Wellman and Janet W. Salaff and Dimitrina S. Dimitrova and Laura Garton and Milena Gulia and Caroline Haythornthwaite},
  journal={Review of Sociology},
  year={1996},
  volume={22},
  pages={213-238}
}
When computer networks link people as well as machines, they become social networks. Such computer-supported social networks (CSSNs) are becoming important bases of virtual communities, computer-supported cooperative work, and telework. Computer-mediated communication such as electronic mail and computerized conferencing is usually text-based and asynchronous. It has limited social presence, and on-line communications are often more uninhibited, creative, and blunt than in-person communication… 
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