Characterizing online groups

David P. Brandon and Andrea B. Hollingshead

in Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199561803
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743771 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Characterizing online groups

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The proliferation of information and communication technologies has fostered dramatic growth in both the number and variety of online groups over the past fifteen years. Such growth necessitates a more sophisticated language for describing and capturing the diversity of online groups that moves away from traditional conceptualizations of online groups. Thus, the goal of this article is to place within a theoretical framework a set of dimensions useful in describing, categorizing, and comparing online groups. The article begins with a definition and a review of previous conceptualizations of online groups. The description of online groups borrows from and expands on the locales framework.

Keywords: online group; conceptualization; locales framework

Article.  9988 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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