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Social Media Archeology and Poetics$
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Judy Malloy

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034654

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034654.001.0001

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PLATO: The Emergence of Online Community

PLATO: The Emergence of Online Community

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Social Media Archeology and Poetics

David R. Woolley

The MIT Press

In the early 1970s, two decades before the World Wide Web came on the scene, the PLATO system pioneered online discussion forums and message boards, email, chat rooms, instant messaging, remote screen sharing, and multiplayer games, leading to the spontaneous emergence of the world's first online community. David R. Woolley, one of the creators of PLATO's social media features, describes this vibrant but unplanned community, and chronicles the development of the software that unexpectedly gave rise to it on a system that was intended primarily for computer-based education.

Keywords:   Social Media - History, Social Media - Online Community, PLATO, Computer-based Education, Online Discussion Forums, Email - History, Chat Rooms - History, Multiplayer Games - History

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