My addiction to social networks started just before Twin Peaks – 1989 or 1990. I am yet to receive counselling or medical attention. 😛

I decided to go looking for my first foray into online communities. Unfortunately, as a lot of them were pre-Internet (walled bulletin boards, not openly available to search on the ‘net), it’s been a challenge. But I did find this from a UseNet NewsGroup in 1991 (the american group, not the aussie one).

+^o^+^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-+-o-+
| | Murray Chapman muz@cs.uq.oz.au | |
| o | | o |
| | University of Queensland “I’d rather have a bottle in front | |
| o | St Lucia, Queenland of me than a frontal lobotomy” | o |
| | AUSTRALIA – Tom Waits | |
| o | | o |
+^-^+^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^-^————-+—+
__ | o |
Hate that! —–> +^-^-^-^-^-^-^-
Hate to be picky but isn’t it “I’d rather have a *full* bottle in front
of me than a frontal lobotomy”
Maybe Tom Waits got it wrong?? Dunno…

love
Laurel xx

| Laurel Papworth | “At any moment I could start being a |
| Professional Course Development | better person – |
| The University of Adelaide | But which moment should I choose? |

So you can see, another deep and insightful submission from moi to the discussion. Or, SSDD (same sh*t, different day).

I wrote “love“???? and ended it with kisses??? *rolls eyes*

Now I need to find the transcripts of the IRC (chat) channel I used to #op in hmmm, 1989, 1990? And, if Apple has archived it, my bon mots on that Apple BBS – was it called AppleLink? – and my trip and fall down memory lane will be complete.

Were any of you on Compuserve from 1969 onwards? I think the consumer division eventually merged with AOL was started mid-’70’s. But, of course, online communities is a Gen Y phenomenon, right? riiiiight. heh.

love
Laurel xx
Nov 2007