Random Things Digest 005

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It’s Sunday evening, September 20th, 2020 @ 10:08 PM CST as I begin to post this 5th edition of Random Things Digest. I hope your weekend was a great one, and that you’re looking forward to a productive week starting tomorrow.

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Remembering The Old Days Of Social Media At Talk City

Photo credit: Vitor Pinto. Color effects by David Thrift.

It’s Tuesday morning, August 25th, 2020 at 4:25 AM CST as I begin writing this. A thought (memory) just popped in my mind about the very first website (that I remember and participated in) that served as a social media network, before social media really became mainstream. I think it even existed before Myspace came along. I’m talking about Talk City (talkcity.com – which is still on the internet as of this blog post, but with a near blank page now referencing chat rooms on Delphi Forums).

The Talk City that I remember from around 1998 (give or take a few years), was a simple website in it’s structure, but gave it’s users the ability to follow, comment, chat, etc. The thing I remember most about it was that when you made connections in that network, you could make some really good connections that mattered. Well you can do that today still on the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I guess there was just something about Talk City that sticks with you, even after many, many years since it’s network went down.

I checked the forums that were linked on the talkcity.com website which appear to be active, although I can’t imagine the forums could possibly be as fun as the old Talk City was. Maybe I’ll check them out one day and see.

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