Salon.com The WELL
Inside The WELL you participate using your real name, but the fact of your membership is yours to disclose or reveal to the wider Web. 20 years.The WELL, a pioneer in cyberspace, celebrates its 20th Anniversary on April 1, 2005! EXN.ca Technology in google's cach
: "By Newsbytes, April 7, 1999
SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., 1999 APR 7 (NB) -- By Steve Gold, Newsbytes. The Well, the well-known BBS spawned in the days of 1,200 and 2,400 bits per second modems, has been acquired by Salon Magazine publisher Salon.com. Terms of the deal between Salon.com and Rosewood Stone Group, a California venture capital company that owned The Well, have not been revealed.
The Well, which started life in the mid-1980s as the Whole Earth eLectronic Link, is the stuff of online legends. Originally created as a West Coast antithesis of the bulletin board community, its multi- threaded composition and ready access to some of the greatest minds of the IT world of that era -- many of whom accessed the service regularly -- made it an instant hit. The Well is now accessible on the Web.
David Talbot, Salon's founder and CEO, said that The Well will fit in well with the company's existing Table Talk online community.
'The Well's distinctive reputation for thoughtful and intelligent online discussions fits strongly with our network of high quality content (Web) sites,' he said, adding that the company has built a strong following with Table Talk.
Despite the parallels between Table Talk and The Well, Talbot stressed that The Well will continue to operate as a separate entity.
The Well first entered the online consciousness in the mid-1980s, when Stu Brand, the published of the Whole Earth Catalog, teamed up with Larry Brilliant, a revered IT veteran.
Both men turned their backs on the existing BBS community in the US, which was based mainly on the TBBS (The Bread Board System) software originally coded under CP/M in the early 1980s to run on the Tandy T"I never knew that Salon.comThe Virtual Community by Howard Rheingold: Introduction
: "The Virtual Community: Introduction
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The virtual village of a few hundred people I stumbled upon in 1985 grew to eight thousand by 1993. It became clear to me during the first months of that history that I was participating in the self-design of a new kind of culture. I watched the community's social contracts stretch and change as the people who discovered and started building the WELL in its first year or two were joined by so many others. Norms were established, challenged, changed, reestablished, rechallenged, in a kind of speeded-up social evolution.
I'm not alone in this emotional attachment to an apparently bloodless technological ritual. Millions of people on every continent also participate in the computer-mediated social groups known as virtual communities, and this population is growing fast.
I remember the first time I walked into a room full of people IRL who knew many intimate details of my history and whose own stories I knew very well. Three months after I joined, I went to my first WELL party at the home of one of the WELL's online moderators. I looked around at the room full of strangers when I walked in. It was one of the oddest sensations of my life. I had contended with these people, shot the invisible breeze around the electronic watercooler, shared alliances and formed bonds, fallen off my chair laughing with them, become livid with anger at some of them. But there wasn't a recognizable face in the house. I had never seen them before. 'By Howard RheingoldI experienced the same with the misc.writing wrevel in Oxford
I have dropped and been dropped misc.writing ville - the denizens are too right wing for my taste
even to the point of mental illness expressed by cliches of rudeness.
But the annual Bristol_and_Somerset Bunfight occupies a central place in my calender
this month the Family History Fair in London will mean many virtual friends will meet even from across the Atlantic. I have Dick Eastman's
card on my desk NEHGS
a year later and I have realised who he is.
This year I amtoo broke for shopping but I am going to go to meet people and look for freebies.