On May 5th, 1997, the European edition of Business Tech Magazine led with
Hoffman’s cover story "Internet Communities: How They're Shaping Electronic
Commerce". This cover story highlights the extent to which the term virtual
community has become almost synonymous with various forms of group-CMCs
(computer mediated communication), including email-list forums, chat-systems
such as IRC, web-based discussion areas and usenet news-groups. There was no
debate in the Business Tech Magazine article as to whether the group-CMC
discussions are really 'communities', rather how community as opposed to...