According to both texts, it appears as though computer mediated communication is another way to communicate, beyond the verbal and written word - an interactive form of communication that is done over the medium of the computer. Used in day to day life through AIM, iChat, Facebook, e-mail - all of these are forms of computer mediated communication.
According to Oldenburg:
- they are neutral ground;
- they are a leveler;
- conversation is the main activity;
- they are accessible;
- as a home away from home, they have 'regulars'; and
- the mood is playful.