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Am old.
thebratqueen: [realizes she's been in fandom for ten years] (Happy Fanniversary!)

mpoetess: [counts on fingers]

mpoetess: Hey! That'd be my senior year of college, when our lovely little backwater first gave internet access to people besides the faculty and lab assistants.

(Ok, technically they did it in spring of my junior year. When I was in England, at the campus that had no internet access whatsoever. But the 12 DOS-based computers in the computer lab were networked, and we could send one-line messages to the person across the room from us while we wrote our term papers in Wordperfect 5.1. Cutting-edge, baby.)

mpoetess: [Goes to Google Groups]

alt.callahans, November 8th, 1994. The first recorded appearance of Mad Poetess on usenet (Still going by Avonlady within the e-mail body, but the username was already MP). I know this wasn't my first post to the group, as there was an introduction post -- looks like google groups missed a few, or the archive is incomplete, or something -- but it couldn't have been more than a few days later.

That's not the excuse-me-while-I-fall-down-spluttering part, though. This is. Check the message directly above mine in the thread-index frame at the left.

Posted approximately 5 and a half years before said individual and I ever spoke (wrote) directly to each other.

wolfling

2004-11-16 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hee! That's even better than TBQ and I being in the same room in a group of less than ten people several years before we actually "officially" met, and one of my best stories of that con being about her which I didn't find out until I told it *to* her...

mpoetess

2004-11-17 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

It's certainly my biggest (known) coincidence to date!

byrne

2004-11-16 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Eeeeeeeee!

That is all.

mpoetess

2004-11-17 05:42 am (UTC) (Link)

[Sound only dogs and bats can hear] to you too!

janedavitt

2004-11-16 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow! that's so spooky... but very cool.

I've been online since January '98, posting first at alt.fan.heinlein as 'ddavitt'. Those were the days... :;gets nostalgic:;

mpoetess

2004-11-17 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)

I think at that point I was a completely passive X-Files fan -- I dutifully checked the big Mulder-Scully websites daily, but didn't say a peep in the fandom.

justhuman

2004-11-16 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Let's see, by 1994 I had been going to Sci-Fi conventions regularly for 5 years -- not counting a random Star Trek con or two that I managed to get to. I think I was online, but just barely. I never figured out Usenet. My real dive into fannish internet activities didn't happen until I decided I wanted to write fanfiction about 3 years ago.

mpoetess

2004-11-17 05:45 am (UTC) (Link)

I think I went to my first con in 90, but for years and years we only went to the one con, which was mainly Dr. Who themed, and a star-con (though fan-run) so it was sort of the fringe of the offline-fandom experience.

chicken_cem

2004-11-16 08:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

What a weird coincidence. Today I was just looking through old usenet and bitnet stuff, looking for those first few posts from 1988.

We were literally using VT100 terminals. Holy crap. Ancient. And to think that back then I used to co-moderate queer Listserv lists. Man, I hate being OLD.

mpoetess

2004-11-17 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Eep. Eighty-eight? I was [counts on fingers again] a sophmore in high school. We had a Commodore 64.

chicken_cem

2004-11-17 07:32 am (UTC) (Link)

First-year in college. We had Z19, VT100, and VT101 terminal access to arguably the most powerful mainframe computer on the East Coast. Bwahaha. Running VM/CMS, with Bitnet 'Talk' functionality to any other bitnet node, Listserv, usenet, etc. In 1989, they brought in some IBM PCs and some Mac IIs as well (I think).

zortified

2004-11-16 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

You've been stalking me since then???!!!

What's weird is how rarely I ever posted to callahans.

mpoetess

2004-11-17 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)

[hides surveillance photos of your kindergarten class] Yes!

Me too (though less weird for me in that it was the first newsgroup I ever joined, after just getting online, so I was rather tongue-tied) -- I think I only ever posted 5 or six messages to callahans. I interacted a bit more on rec.arts.drwho eventually, but my interest in callahans died off before my confidence in talking online built up.

elfbystarlight

2004-11-17 02:00 am (UTC) (Link)

Hehe! The internet is a tiny, tiny place. Only a few weeks ago the tech guy at my uni server remembered to fix a problem I'd asked him to - because while randomly surfing, he came across my livejournal in which I bitched about the problem not being fixed. In a third coincidence, when he posted a reply apologising with a photo userpic, we discovered that we're both in the Tolkien Society.

Tiny, tiny place. I, for example am stalking keep coincidentally running into James WWW all over the place.

mpoetess

2004-11-17 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Sneee! This is why any work-bitching that I do (if I did such things, which of course I don't, Because That Would Be Wrong) is filtered!

yseultdb

2004-11-17 08:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Um. Wow. And impressive. And I know important people. Maybe.

mpoetess

2004-11-17 12:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Snicker. Important because we're OLD?