Thursday, April 29, 2010

Long Before The WELL, There Was PLATO - PLATO History Blog

An important correction to some of the assertions in today’s WSJ article on The Well

The biggest howler was a quote from Larry Brilliant: "It was clearly the first social network." Larry, let me say that as a WELL user myself since 1986 and a PLATO user since 1979, I must tell you that you're dead wrong. On multiple levels, if we want to get really technical about it. And it's a shame Don didn't catch the error(s) and set the proper context for readers. Instead readers are left with a continuation of the myths about all things Internet post- and pre-.

Have no fear, I've contacted Mr. Clark. Gave him some background, invited him to the PLATO @ 50 Conference. Hope to hear from him soon.

Long Before The WELL, There Was PLATO - PLATO History Blog

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