Online Communities. Topics Social Networking Online Work Spaces Virtual Learning Environments User-Generated Reference Sites

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Social NetworksAllows you to post pictures, videos and messages.Can respond to other peoples postsRequires usernames/passwordsJoin communities with similar likesIssues of security/personal data/identityIMChat in real-time via messages (eg mobile phone)Instantaneous delivery not necessarily instantaneous response1 to 1 or small groups for messagesBlogsOnline diaries that can contain text, images, videosNormally a persons collection of thoughts on a topic(s) of their interestCan also be used to help/support purposes.Generally they are one way communication although most blogs do have a comments sectionForumsDiscussion areas on the internet that allow people to post and answer questionsOften used in gaming for support/help/hints etc or in software supportUsers can post in real time but answers may not be instantaneousAccuracy of information can be an issueVoIPUsing the Internet to speak/phone to somebodyCheap (or free) as the connection is already there, but quality will depend of the internet connection.TopicsSocial NetworkingOnline Work SpacesVirtual Learning EnvironmentsUser-Generated Reference Sites