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  • Tags: Many To Many: A History of Platform Communities

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In a story now well-known and heavily mythologized, Facebook was founded at Harvard in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg as a social network for students, inspired partially by the “face book” directories at the school which allowed students to view each…
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This forum software began as an open-source clone of commercial forum package UBB.

The software was free to use and became popular starting in 2002, when a completely rewritten and updated version 2.0 was released.
By the mid-2000s it was used…
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Prior to 1993, new users of Usenet had arrived reliably early each fall, when a new freshman class entered universities and gained access to high-speed connections and computer hardware. During the school year they would assimilate into the existing…
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The WELL (Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link) was a project of the Whole Earth Catalog, Stewart Brand’s consumer listings magazine focused on sustainability, repair, DIY, and product reviews. Readers already communicated via the catalog’s pages, and when…
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The PLATO system, an in-house supercomputer-based computing network at the University of Illinois, was generally used for teaching and research.

A teenage student, David R. Woolley, developed an intra-PLATO communication system called “Notes” in…
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During World War I, all amateur radio operation was banned. After the war ended, service was allowed to restart on October 1, 1919.

Leon Deloy, in France, communicated with Fred Schnell, in Hartfort CT, in November 1923, after visiting America…
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The beginning of the wireless age began at the turn of the century with Marconi’s advances in telecommunications.

Because a “telegraph operation benefited from a network effect whereby the value of its business increased with the number of users…
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The “tax on knowledge,” as it was called, had been introduced in 1797 and severely restricted the public press in Britain (Starr 2005).

The long-awaited reform of this act allowed for a flourishing of the popular press, especially coupled with a…
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Coffee-houses are closely associated with the intellectual culture of the 18th-century Enlightenment, but the first one was opened during England’s Interregnum period in 1642 by an immigrant from Smyrna named Pasqua Rosee (Ellis 2004).

In the…
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