Gail Williams (gail) Wed 31 Mar 10 16:51
April 1 marks the day the Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link opened up the modem lines for anybody to dial in and start a conversation. In 1985 it was not clear that this place would be groundbreaking and long lasting. In April 2010 we mark the 25th birthday of this grand experiment. Here's to this good great place!
Gail Williams (gail) Thu 1 Apr 10 11:32
Gail Williams (gail) Thu 1 Apr 10 11:36
Alan's tree page: http://www.well.com/user/arturner/trees.html The press release. (Thank you, Craig) http://www.well.com/p-release/well25.html
sheesh, the joke's on me ! (gail) Thu 1 Apr 10 11:37
In <1> I meant to post: http://www.well.com/ (today only)
Lisa Harris (lrph) Thu 1 Apr 10 11:45
Happy Birthday, WELL! Thanks for being around to keep me from actually getting real work done. Thanks for being home to some of the most interesting, funny, informed and wacky people I've had the pleasure to meet.
Lisa Harris (lrph) Thu 1 Apr 10 11:48
Oh, and I planted my vegetable garden and replanted a Palm tree. Where are we sending/posting the pictures?
Gail (gail) Thu 1 Apr 10 14:12
Lisa! That's awesome! You can put the pix online at Flickr or any of the photo-hosting sites, or upload to your web directory as explained here: http://www.well.com/webtoolbox.html Or if that is all too complicated, email a few pix to helpdesk, and we can put them up in the welltales area with the other historic photos, here: http://www.well.com/conf/welltales/
Ari Davidow (ari) Thu 1 Apr 10 14:46
I've been on the WELL since late in 1986. There is no state in which I have lived that long in my life (even if you include leaving and returning).
Gail (gail) Thu 1 Apr 10 16:19
This is a state of another kind. (And that's astonishing, Ari!)
Gail (gail) Fri 2 Apr 10 17:54
To follow up with the round-up of what's going on, there is relevant activity in several conferences: https://user.well.com/engaged.cgi?&c=party and in https://user.well.com/engaged.cgi?&c=welltales plus as always various places in https://user.well.com/engaged.cgi?&c=news For non-members there is a special offer to join for peanuts at http://www.well.com/land/25years.html and for facebookers, you can say happy birthday at http://www.facebook.com/TheWELL That's what I can think of, anyway.
Dan Flanery (sunspot) Sat 3 Apr 10 23:51
Had a good time at the party. Did you set this shindig up, <gail>? If so, thanks! Triptych was a great choice. Took a set of photos that I stitched into a panorama: //www.flickr.com/photos/19933106@N00/4489104372/" class="hft-urls">http://www.flickr.com/photos/19933106@N00/4489104372/ It's a little dark. Not bad for an iPhone camera, though!
Jon Lebkowsky (jonl) Wed 7 Apr 10 05:55
Happy Birthday, WELL. I can't imagine what my life would have been had I not found my way here. The WELL connected me as a writer, thinker, and doer, brought be to the Internet as a far earlier adopter than I might have been, broadened my horizons toward infinity. I often use the WELL as *the* example of virtual community - everything I learned about meeting, coordinating, and collaborating online I learned here, and principles I learned here still hold true. People who think the social Internet started with Facebook and Twitter are astonished when they hear what we were doing here from the late eighties onward. And that we're still here, still jamming, after two decades.
what another day it takes: (oilers1972) Sun 11 Apr 10 19:36
Happy Birthday WELL, and congratuations, all WELL-dwellers!
Infradibulated Gratility (ssol) Mon 12 Apr 10 13:56
Brian Dear (brian) Fri 16 Apr 10 09:45
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Mark McDonough (mcdee) Fri 16 Apr 10 10:22
Yup. Not to take anything away from the WELL, but they didn't invent this particular wheel. I stumbled across a whole huge scene once formed around a Midwestern university BBS which was at least as interesting and strange as the early well (and had many more users). Nobody every heard of it.
Gail (gail) Tue 4 May 10 11:40
There's been an interesting conversation in News about calling for a 25th year reunion and bringing back some former members as guests. There are people I can think of whom I personally miss a lot. Others will be thinking of different voices and personalities. We could start immediately with a simple offer that if you left in good standing and you email helpdesk at well.com with a request to come on home, we'll get you back aboard for free to say hello here. Details to be worked out. Just get in touch! If you have NEVER been a member here, you can sign up on the Sekrit $2 page -- over here: http://www.well.com/land/25years.html (If you have a friend who is already on The WELL, your pal can bring you in for a while without charge to give it a try. Ask your friend for an invitation.) There's a starting point. Please by all means, pass it along. What else would be fun?
Ed Ward (captward) Tue 4 May 10 12:11
Slapped onto my Facebook page.
Lisa Harris (lrph) Tue 4 May 10 12:32
Mine, too! Come on, people, spread the good word.
We're carrot people. (unkljohn) Wed 5 May 10 07:21
So very cool!!!
Steve Silberman (digaman) Wed 5 May 10 13:41
Tweeted and Facebooked.
Linda Castellani (castle) Wed 5 May 10 23:01
Betsy Schwartz (betsys) Thu 6 May 10 08:34
THOSE PAGES NEED A "SHARE ON FACEBOOK" and other social media LINK (whew) (thank you)
Betsy Schwartz (betsys) Thu 6 May 10 08:35
And also the WELL's facebook page needs to have the offer on it, to forward within Facebook.
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Non-members: How to participate