IADIS International Conference Web Based Communities and Social Media 2011 (WBC 2011)

Venue: Rome

Location: Rome, Italy

Event Date/Time: Jul 22, 2011 End Date/Time: Jul 24, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Jan 24, 2011
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The World Wide Web has migrated from information space into opportunities for social communication. Social Media
are growing rapidly and play an increasingly important role in the development of Online Communities. They are all
about identity, reputation, presence and relationships. Web based communities announce themselves both in your
professional and private life through several new media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Plaxo, etc. In order to keep you up
to date with the pace of these new technological developments this IADIS Conference offers a dedicated overview
and informative discussion on today’s most relevant issues in new media for social life on the web.

Social media allow dynamic roles in participation, virtual presence and online communities. These new ways to
communicate via online social media are having great societal effects and are motivating the creation of best practices
to help individuals, corporations and authorities to make the best of it. Marketers are already aware of the growing
impact of social media and the influence of web based communities in today’s consumer behaviour and governments
are following. Many organizations spend an increasing share of their budget in online social marketing strategies.

The mission of this conference is to publish and integrate scientific results and act catalytically to the fast developing
culture of web communities, while helping to disseminate and understand elements in social media: co-creation,
communities, customer reviews, micro blogging, social branding, social networking, social profiling with systems like
Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. The conference invites original papers, review papers, technical reports and case
studies on the emerging role of so-called WWW-Based Communities. The conference also focuses on the design,
evaluation and the strategic embedding of new media for social communication via the web and aims to raise
awareness in terms of the latest developments in social media, create the opportunity to reflect on (social media)
theories and provide advice about the design, evaluation and the strategic embedding of social media in
communication practices.

Format of the Conference

The conference will comprise invited talks and oral presentations. The proceedings of the conference will be published in
the form of a book and a CD-ROM with ISBN. The better papers will be candidate for the "International Journal of Web
Based Communities" (IJWBC); ISSN: 1477 - 8394 [4 issues per year]

Topics of submission/Subject indications (but not limited to):

The History, Architecture and Future of Virtual Communities

• From Mobility to Connectivity
• Strategic Investment in Social Networks
• Identity and Augmented Ideologies
• Visionary Web Architectures, Implanted Computers
• Network Revolutions, Post-Colonial and Post-Modern Societies
• Escaping from Reality, Virtual Reality and Multi-User Games
• Towards Alternative Ways of Presence

Group Processes and Self-Organization

• Tele-Democracy, Morality, Netiquette
• Social Networks, Tribal and Open Communities, Peace Education
• Computer Mediated, Hyper and Narrative Communication, Woven Stories
• MUDs, MOOs and Avatars
• Hosting Web-Based Communities
• Nationalities, Ethnicities and Gender Effects

Cyborgs, Teleworking, Telemedicine, Art Games and Learning Communities

• Fading Hierarchies and Epistemic Dictatorship
• Distributed Cognition, the Electronic Cortex and Constructivism
• Community Directories
• Mechanic World, Organic Computer
• Agents and the Vectorized Self
• Beyond Metaphors: Imagining and Representation
• Communizing as a Marketing Approach

Expanding Markets Through Virtual Communities

• The WWW as Digital Market Place
• The Enterprise as a Learning Community
• The Learning as a Road Map for Business
• Universities as Online Communities
• Business-to-Business Communication in Profit and non Profit Sectors

Virtual Communities for People with Special Needs

• Access to Public Spaces
• Accessibility and Long-Term Disabilities
• Virtual Communities in Health Care

Social Media

• Monitoring Trends in Social Media
• After Facebook, Myspace and LinkedIn?
• Effects of Web Experience on Consumer Choice
• Profiles of Social Networking Sites
• Adoption of Social Networking
• Connecting Small and Medium Enterprises
• Social Media for B2B Marketing
• Multicultural Organizations
• Social Networking at Work
• Social Media, Trust, Reputation and Public Opinion