Definition of virtual community in US English:

virtual community


  • A community of people sharing common interests, ideas, and feelings over the Internet.

    • ‘One of the most popular growth areas of the web is the virtual community where like-minded people can meet and share their experiences.’
    • ‘The combination of the computer and the Internet was to have allowed the creation of virtual communities which would transcend time, space and even politics.’
    • ‘Communication by e-mail and its associated chat rooms and news groups is the major use of the Internet, and this is expanding and developing into virtual communities coalescing around a myriad of different interests.’
    • ‘There is a vast collection of overlapping virtual communities of interest, cross-pollinating each other, constantly evolving and largely self-organizing.’
    • ‘Civano is an active actual community - neighbors meet neighbors on their front porches, on walks, at community events - and also an active virtual community.’
    • ‘As the presidential campaign of Howard Dean is demonstrating, the Internet and its linking of virtual communities is changing how America takes part in politics.’
    • ‘So we in fact get the best of both worlds these days: We live in a virtual community without the limitations of an old-fashioned geographical community.’
    • ‘The main hypothesis of this paper therefore is that the Napster Music Community, being a virtual community, is both an imagined community and a network community.’
    • ‘What catches my attention here is how this discussion functions as a demonstration of how people form and communicate in a virtual community.’
    • ‘There's some interesting stuff about how a loose coalition of like-minded people can coalesce as a virtual community which can achieve much that a physical community can (as anyone here can appreciate).’
    • ‘Typically, these relationships form in virtual communities of common interests, experiences, and fates.’
    • ‘At the same time, the Internet also provides a sense of virtual community for people with common interests - who might well be groups of customers who may in fact have a sense of community with other customers of similar products.’
    • ‘It's not enough to be a member of a virtual community if you've got nothing in common with anyone there.’
    • ‘One of the significant developments of widespread uptake of the Internet is the emergence of virtual communities based on attributes that go well beyond shared geography.’
    • ‘Futurists once maintained that Internet users would form virtual communities to the exclusion of real-world relationships.’
    • ‘One of the Internet's oldest and most famous virtual communities, which has been losing members since its glory days in the early 1990s, is up for sale.’
    • ‘Archived records of Internet virtual communities are being analysed for a variety of research interests.’
    • ‘As sure as in real-life, organizations, governments, and societies need ways and resources to operate, so does the virtual community on the Internet.’
    • ‘Will culture be diluted to the point of merging with the mythical ‘global culture’, and will place-based communities be destabilised by the growth of virtual communities?’
    • ‘We must continue to develop traditional and virtual communities based on industry, geography, or special interest that serve as conduits of technology information.’