A virtual community is a group of people with a common interest who are
connected through the Internet. People with a common interest can create
their own virtual community, and it can all be done using the ICQ tools
and services. The easiest way you can form a virtual community is by
creating an ICQ Interest Groups.
The ICQ Interest Groups are located on the ICQ server.
a Virtual Community in One Step
Go to our ICQ Interest Groups site
and click the Create button. All you have to do is select a
category of interest, insert your ICQ# and password and give your group
a name. That's all!
View an ICQ Interest Group
Congratulations: You have launched your Virtual Community!
and Promote Your Community
Encourage users on your contact list to join your Community Members
You can invite users in your contact list to join you group by sending
them the URL of your group:
- Click a User's name in your contact list.
- Select Web Page Address (URL).
- Your Group's url is automatically inserted. Write a short
description to the url.
- Click More and a lower section opens in the Send URL
- Choose Multiple Recipients (bottom right) and your contact
list appears in the window on the right.
- Check the names of the other users you wish to send the url
- Hit Send.
Learn how to organize
a tour on the web for your friends.
If you would like to encourage others who do not have ICQ to join you,
do the following steps:
OR Encourage your friends to download and install the ICQ client
so they can communicate with each other.
- Click on System in your ICQ Client.
- Select the Send ICQ Program to tab.
- Insert your friend's email address and send them your personal
invitation to download ICQ.
At the top of the ICQ window there is a button, giving you the option to
present your list in a group format. Next to each group name/title you
can see how many members are online/offline.
To organize a list into groups:
- Click the Group button at the top of the ICQ window.
- Click the user's name.
- Choose Move to Group and choose the group you wish the user
to be in.
After the members of your ICQ community are
organized into a group, you can send them multiple events (for example,
- Click on a user's name.
- Select Message from the User Menu.
- After writing the message click the More button the then
the Multiple Recipients button.
- To send the message to all members of your ICQ interest Group,
click the Group's Name. A check mark will appear next to all
member of your group.
(You can also click on the Group's Name in your contact list,
choose the option Send Message To and Entire Group).
- Click Send.
Another way is to send multiple message to certain members of the
community by using the Multiple Recipient feature:
|Click on a user's name.
|Select Message from the
|After writing the message click
the More button the then the Multiple Recipients
The following dialog appears:
|Check the names of the recipients
that you wish to send your message to.
with Your Members
There are various ways
to communicate within your Community.
ICQ provides an array of tools for broadcasting information to the
You may enable your community members to update their contact lists with
- Click on a name in your community contact list.
- Choose Contacts in the User Menu.
- A dialog appears as shown below:
Your Contact List appears on the left.
- Select those contacts on your list that you either want to send to
your friends, or to update on their list and click Select.
The contacts you've selected will appear in the right window.
- If you wish to send the update to many recipients, click More.
Another part of the dialog appears on the right with your Contact
List in it.
- Check the users on the list you wish to send your message to.
- Click Send.
You can send your contacts either online or offline.
You can create a homepage for your community and submit it as a Special
The ICQ Interest Group is a base for a virtual community. Use the ICQ
tools to simplify the way your members communicate with you and with
each other. Here are some suggestions and communication tools to enhance
See our ICQ Tools
Catalog for tools to enhance your communication between your
community members: ICQ Panels, templates, ICQ Graphics and email
|Chat Rooms: Open one or
more ICQ Chat Rooms according to specific topics. Your
members will be able to locate each other, communicate in a
one-to-one session or in a multi-user chat session.
|ICQ Chat Server: Run an ICQ
Chat Server and simplify the way the members of your network
communicate with you and with each other.
|ICQ Communication Panel:
Install the ICQ Communication Panel on your Web site so
your members will be able to communicate with you easily: They
can either leave you short messages through the ICQ Pager, or
connect directly to the Chat Room.
ICQ COMMUNICATION PANEL
|ICQ Groups Panel: Install
the ICQ Groups Panel on your Web site and give your site
visitors a direct link to your ICQ Interest Group, which
can also be your Community:
ICQ GROUPS PANEL
|The ICQ Online-Message Panel:
Create and install the ICQ
Online-Message Panel on your page so your community members
and visitors can leave you messages.
|ICQ Personal Communication
Center: Use your ICQ Personal Communication Center. Every
ICQ User has one. Add it to your E-mail
and Newsgroup signatures to allow people to contact you
a Home Page For Your Virtual Community
You can create a homepage for your virtual community and link it to your
original ICQ Group page. To create a homepage see
our step-by-step guide. On your community's web site you can create
and install a list
of the members. You may also use the various tools we've collected
for you. See Bells & Whistles below.
Add other tools to add more functionality to your community. See our
collection of Useful
Resources To Empower Your Site:
Forums and message boards, counters, HTML and web design resources,
graphics resources, banners, web hosting services, tracking and
statistics, feedback forms, creating an ICQ Mailing List, Send a
Greeting from your site, enable your site visitors to send greetings
from your site, publicize your site and more.
Your Community And Members
|White Pages: Post your
Virtual Community on the ICQ White Pages. Define your
Community's name and ask all the members to add it in their
Personal Details in the White
|ICQ and Web Directories:
Encourage your members to publicize their details on the various
ICQ and Web Directories.
|ICQ Services: View our
Guide of Services and see the many services you can enjoy with
View our Site Developer's Zone for Web-Authoring and ICQ-related
All you have to do is select a category of interest, enter your ICQ# and
password and give your group a name.
It's as easy as ABC!