"Over the last 20 years, we have been encouraged to think of spaces on the web as our homes, from infinitely adaptable personal home pages that we decorate like the walls of a teenager’s bedroom to readymade web hubs such as Facebook in which we surround ourselves with people and properties that are meaningful to us. In two decades of web research, countless studies have recounted the ways people create environments that signal belonging and identity using text and multimedia in the same way as DIY junkies use paintbrushes and plasterboard. This research has also encountered what’s happened to virtual place identity when personal online artefacts are compromised: the sanctum is invaded, and people move on. What the web has inspired, then, is a postmodern understanding of what “home” is: a de-physicalised, conceptual and psychological phenomenon that externalises its invisible meanings. And interaction designers recognise this: the web is another castle that the Englishman can live in, and he seeks to create virtual places that have as much effect on pride, self-esteem and identity as the bricks and mortar version where he sleeps."