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A Sense of Community or Networked Individualism?Tseng, Shu-Fen; Li, Meng-Hao (2007)"This is a submission to the 3rd Annual Social Informatics SIG Research Symposium: The Social Web, Social Computing and the Social Analysis of Computing" This paper follows Wellmanâ s (2002) typology and aims at identifying new module of virtual communities. How does sense of community that used to mark virtual community differ from the concept of networked individualism? Who are those with high sense of community and/or networked individualism? Does the type of networked individualism supplant or supplement sense of community in community identity building? This case study indicated networked individualism did not supplant sense of community. In the contrary, they coexist in virtual community. Web 2.0 related social community has gradually gained its popularity in nowadays, this study implies that accessibility of these kinds of community resources is no more depends on sense of belonging and community consensus, in alternative, building instrumental networks, maintaining autonomous relationship with certain community members and shifting roles across networks become the key to mobilize network resources.