Method and apparatus for building and participating in virtual communities

Procede et appareil permettant de construire des communautes virtuelles et de participer a celles-ci

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La présente invention concerne un procédé et un appareil destinés à construire des communautés virtuelles et à participer à celles-ci. Selon l'invention, on recueille des données relatives aux membres de la communauté virtuelle et on les stocke dans un organe d'archivage de données. Des critères prédéterminés (critères) sont reçus en entrée, qui permettent d'identifier des membres choisis de la communauté virtuelle. Ces membres sont identifiés sur la base des critères prédéterminés et des informations associées aux membres identifiés sont extraites de l'organe d'archivage. Des communications en ligne permettent de communiquer avec les individus choisis.
A method and apparatus enables the building of, and participation in, virtual communities (Fig. 1). Data regarding members of the virtual community is collected and stored in a data repository. Predetermined criteria (criteria) is received as input, for identifying selected members of the virtual community. These members are identified based on the predetermined criteria and information associated with the identified members is retrieved from the data repository. Online communications are enabled for communicating with the selected individuals.

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