Little baby steps to online communities

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).

| | 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…

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.

Laurel xx
Nov 2007

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

One thought on “Little baby steps to online communities

  1. I don’t even want to know where/how to search for my old usenet posts. Yes, I had a CompuServe account long before AOL had been dreamed up. I’ve been online since I got my first 300-baud Hayes Smart Modem in the early? mid? ’80s and hooked it up to my “suitcase computer,” a shiny silver-and-blue, 26-pound KayproII that I lugged around trying to look important. 🙂

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