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The Secret History of Social Networking - BBC Radio 4 - Episode 1

A three part BBC radio documentary tracing the roots of social networks produced by Mike Wendling and presented by the BBC's technology correspondent; Rory Cellan Jones. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Jan/Feb 2011. Episode One looked at 70s Californian counter-culture and bulletin boards such as The WELL.


  1. The billing:
  2. In the first instalment of a three-part series, Rory Cellan-Jones traces the roots of social networking from the counterculture of the 1970s through early bulletin board systems such as California's The WELL and the first networks on the World Wide Web, finding out how a geeky hobby became a mass phenomenon
  3. Elisabeth Mahoney's Guardian review: "a good story about how social networking flourished counterculturally long before the web connected us all"
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