oa South African Journal of Information Management - Convergence of on-line community technologies : Internet relay chat (IRC) and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing
On-line communities are more relevant today than ever before. More and more users are connecting to the Internet and have access to on-line communities. These communities facilitate many activities, such as e-mail, newsgroups, chat groups, message boards and resource or file sharing. In this article, on-line communities are discussed, as well as how peer-to-peer technology in conjunction with client-server technology expands the functionality of an on-line community. The article is concluded with a discussion on Internet relay chat (IRC) and how peer-to-peer file-sharing technology has been incorporated into the client-server environment.
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