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Online community is only 'dead' if you have a particular narrow definition of it. It suffered the same problem of misconceived scale that the government's neighbourhoods agenda suffers. Human beings don't tend to do 'communities' of 250,000, we tend to do comunities of up to 150. A problem with the old notion of 'online community' was its focus in a single space, and if I read it right, that is what Robin is getting at. In what used to be called meatspace, if people try to create communities a round a single amenity or space or activity, they quickly find it too narrow, it lacks variety. In the early days of community based online centres, we used to point out that not everyone will go into a community centre, not everyone will go into a school or a church or a mosque. And not everyone will go into a pub. What might 'unite' such concepts in the real or virtual worlds is a set of loose people-based informal connections, occasional formal connections, and not being expected to be united into constituing somone else's notion of 'community'.

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