by Christian Timmerer, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Special Technical Communities (STCs) are new organisational entities within the IEEE Computer Society (CS) aiming to provide focused knowledge on a given subject in order to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. STCs offer a new engagement model for IEEE Computer Society members and much broader computer practitioner world to collaborate for their individual and mutual benefit, specifically to advance technical topics to the benefit of the profession. The main objectives of STCs are:
In June 2011 Dejan Milojicic and Phil Laplante introduced STC as the future of the IEEE-CS . The STC benefits to the community can be summarised as follows:
In December 2011, Sorel Reisman (2011 president) emphasised the role of STCs  as an extension of Instant Communities (instantiated by Jim Isaak, 2010 president) which has been continued throughout 2012 by John W. Walz (2012 president) . Additionally, in  Dejan S. Milojicic et al. are explaining Computing Now and STCs who are working closely together towards their ambitious goals. A 'first publication' in this context is the Computing Now December 2012 monthly theme on Social Multimedia Communication .
STC on Social Networking (SN)
“A social networking service is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on facilitating the building of social networks or social relations among people who, for example, share interests, activities, backgrounds, or real-life connections.” --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_network_service (January 2013)
The aim of this STC 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 Agora for researchers with similar interests to meet and gather. We are interested in (but not limited to) the following topics:
Our Web site can found under http://stcsn.ieee.net/ but we are also present on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. On our Web site and social network streams we are providing the following information assets:
In the future, the 'E-Letter' shall become the main publication of the STC on Social Networking with the goal to be included and indexed by the IEEE Computer Society Digital Library (CSDL) and IEEE Xplore. Additionally, we're looking forward to provide technical support for scientific events including Webinars within the scope of our STC. However, we are very open and flexible to new ideas and feel free to join via http://stcsn.ieee.net/members, get involved and excited about STCSN!
 Dejan S. Milojicic, Phil Laplante, "Special Technical Communities," IEEE Computer, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 84-88, June, 2011.