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Title: El paper de l'expert en la constitució de comunitats virtuals
Other Titles: The role of the expert on the creation of virtual communities
El papel del experto en la constitución de comunidades virtuales
Author: Ferro Gay, Elena
Vayreda Duran, Agnès  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Keywords: virtual community
support group
economy of truth
Internet
Issue Date: 1-Aug-2004
Publisher: Scripta Nova: Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales
Citation: Ferro Gay, E. & Vayreda Duran, A. (2004). El paper de l'expert en la constitució de comunitats virtuals. Scripta Nova: Revista Electrónica de Geografía y Ciencias Sociales, VIII(170(68)), 1-16.
Also see: http://www.ub.edu/geocrit/sn/sn-170-68.htm
Abstract: This paper presents the results of our research on two public discussion boards about breastfeeding. Both discussion groups have a similar number of participants. The first message board, 'Lactancia' (Breastfeeding), belongs to the Estilísimo commercial portal and its participants establish a relation among equals. The second message board, 'Preguntas y respuestas sobre lactancia materna (PADRES)' (Questions and answers about breastfeeding (PARENTS)) is moderated by an expert. The purpose of this research is to assess the impact of the participation of an expert in the dynamics of an electronic message board. We intend to analyze several factors: first, the extent to which the participation of an expert in an electronic message board determines the creation of strong emotional ties; second, the effect this participation has in the consolidation of stable virtual groups; third, the relation with the 'real' world and the rise of leaders and lastly, the creation of the 'Economy of Truth'. These results should reveal interesting points about the creation and consolidation of virtual communities in cyberspace.
Language: Catalan
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10609/84248
ISSN: 1138-9788MIAR
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