In January 2011 Sorel Reisman the first time introduced Special Technical Communities (STCs) to the public: «By the end of 2011, we’ll have launched pilot Special Technical Communities in social networking, could computing, education, software engineering, and green computing.» 
In June 2011 Dejan Milojicic and Phil Laplante provide an in-depth review of STCs and an overview of existing (pilot) STCs . STCs offer a new engagement model for IEEE CS members and the much broader computer practitioner world to collaborate for their individual and mutual benefit and to advance technical topics to the benefit of the profession. STCs are intended go beyond traditional membership and activities and open new outlets for the membership to create and distribute intellectual property (IP). They will create new revenue-generating opportunities, new products, and services and enrich professional activities (e.g., newsletters, sharing of best practices). Finally, STCs will help strengthen governance by allowing all members to feel closer to decision-making processes through the dynamic organizational structure.
The principles behind an STC can be summarized as follows.
Special Technical Community on Social Networking
« A social network service is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities. » from here.
The aim of the STC on Social Networking (STCSN) is to provide the entry point for researchers and practitioners in social networking, fostering communication and interaction between people in the community. The STC on Social Networking intends to be the Agora for researchers with similar interests to meet and gather. We are interested in (but not limited to) the following topics:
For the moment, come and sign-up here and/or join us via http://computer.org/stcsn, http://facebook.com/stcsn, http://twitter.com/stcsn, http://linkd.in/stc-sn
Christian Timmerer, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria;
Email: email@example.com; Web: http://research.timmerer.com
 S. Reisman, “Planning for an Inevitable Future”, IEEE Computer, vol. 44, no. 1, January 2011.
 D. Milojicic, P. Laplante, “Special Technical Communities”, IEEE Computer, vol. 44, no. 6, June 2011.
This STC has already quite a long history of blog posts (on various sites which is indexed here, newest on top):