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The Secret History of Social Networking.

It starts earlier than most would think. It's a fun series that starts with electronic bulletin boards and a place called The Well, which I was only recently made aware of by a techy friend.

It's a phenomenon which seems to have come from nowhere, but in fact computer-based social networks have been around for decades. In this three-part series the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan Jones traces the hidden story of social networking, from the early days of computing and the 60s counterculture through to the businesses worth billions today. From their roots in utopian experiments in California, online social networks spread around the world. In the past few years companies such as Facebook and Twitter have captivated millions of users. But what will be the next big thing in social networking, and how is it changing our lives? This series was originally broadcast in three weekly parts from 26 January 2011.






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Michael Nystrom's picture

Ha ha ha ha!

They're talking about The Well.

"I have no idea what 'The Well' is for."

He's the man.
jrd3820's picture

The Well is such an important part of counter culture

I had never even heard of until when you sent me an article a while back about it.

And I had no idea that The Greatful Dead had such a huge role in early social networking.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss

Michael Nystrom's picture

Oh!

When did this get here?

I have some listening to do!

He's the man.
jrd3820's picture

I'm glad you found it, it's for you

And anyone else who is interested of course, but it covers some things you have talked about with me before. Like I said in the jam session I listened one at a time in the background over the past few weeks.

Btw, I've been thinking, I think that Starfish and Coffee song might be about me. It's just a thought.... Although I happen to think most songs I like are about me.

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss