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TheFacebook Addiction Poke. Poke back. Poke. Poke back. Welcome to the planet of TheFacebook, the online community in which flirting with this adorable person that sits next to you in course is simply one click away. TheFacebook is an online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges and universities. Since being founded, in February 2004 at Harvard University, TheFacebook has expanded to many universities across the USA. In November 2004, the numbers of registered users exceeded one million. By way of example, the University of Florida currently has about half the student body enrolled, though a university similar in dimension, such as the University of South Florida, has enrolled about a quarter of its student body. The University of Texas in Arlington now has 6210 students enrolled. TheFacebook hosts facebooks for some 650 distinct schools and universities throughout North America, and is one about the fastest growing online communities on the net(private communication, September 20,2005; [email protected]). To totally understand why TheFacebook is popular among college students, I created an account to experience it firsthand. In participating, I have discovered that TheFacebook, while sharing some characteristics of other online communities, is very unique. What's an online community anyway? According to Merriam Webster's dictionary, an internet or virtual community is the gathering of people, in an online "space" where they come, communicate, connect, and get to know each other better over time. People join online communities for many reasons, such as: В• "Gathering" places where people converse, meet, get to know each other. Examples range from small spaces for families to large sp...