All posts for “history”


Are Spammers Machiavellian?

Posted by: leelefever on April 28, 2008- 5:00pm


Categories: business, history, offtopic, personal, spam


It started with a tweet.  Eddie Codel described Boston's streets as "Kafkaesque."  I found it on Wikipedia (it means disorienting), along with a listing of other name-inspired words. One caught my eye: Machiavellianism. The first line of the Wikipedia entry:Machiavellianism is the term that some social and personality psychologists use to describe a person's tendency to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain.It comes from Nicollo Machiavelli, a Renaissance writer, diplomat, etc. known... Continue Reading

Our Videos at One Year: Facts and Figures

Posted by: leelefever on April 22, 2008- 5:00pm


Categories: buzz, history, ourwork, statistics, thissite, videos


Well, as of today it has been exactly one year since all this video craziness began.  On April 22, 2007 we published RSS in Plain English.  We never guessed these videos would take us so far - it was just a problem that begged to be solved.  Did you ever see a blog post with the same name from 2004? Since our work is in front of people often, we both feel a little self conscious in talking about the numbers behind the videos. We don't want to seem ostentatious or too self-promotional.  But, at... Continue Reading

Internet Power - A 1995 Video Explaining the Internet

Posted by: leelefever on March 17, 2008- 5:00pm


Categories: Explanation, history, humor, video


Via Laughing Squid and Andy Baio at, who is creating digitized version of old VHS tapes.   This makes me wonder if people, 12 years from now, will look back at our videos and laugh, saying "Hah! Can you imagine?  That's what they thought blogs and RSS were all about! Sheesh!" 

Happy 20th Birthday to The WELL!

Posted by: leelefever on March 31, 2005- 4:00pm


Categories: community, history


The WELL, one of the genuine articles of the online community world is turning 20 years old today. Some of the original pioneers of the online community world like Howard Rheingold and Cliff Figallo founded the WELL and it has sense become known as one of the original online or virtual communities. In fact, here’s how Howard describes the coining of the term… "I remember a face to face discussion about the WELL in which I asserted that -- contrary to the public perception that was... Continue Reading