Scripting News: Ten-year Berkman Thursday reunion meetup on April 25.

It’s been 10 years since the Berkman-Thursday group started, and with it, blogging at Harvard. It all happened at the same time Facebook was booting up on campus.

It was an informal group that met at Berkman Center every Thursday evening. Our goal was to boot up a blogging community at the university and in the surrounding community. It was the first university at the time to offer blogging. We needed a way to create a pulse, a weekly event that was open to anyone where you could learn about blogging, and we could learn from each other.

It evolved in a number of directions. New software came out of the group. We planned and succesfully ran the first blogging conferences in the US. We taught a lot of people how to blog. And the sessions themselves were a lot like blog posts. Someone comes in with an idea, talks about it, we ask questions and discuss it. We discussed the things we were writing on our blogs.

The group continued running as a weekly seminar series until a couple of years ago.

Now we’re approaching the 10th anniversary and some of the members have expressed an interest in a reunion. I’ve asked for space at Berkman, and they got pretty excited about the idea, so we’re having a Old Timers Day meetup on April 25 at Berkman Center at 7PM, 23 Everett Street.

We’ll talk about what we’ve been doing, what we learned, how life evolved in the last ten years, what we got right and what we got wrong, and what role the Thursday evening meetings played for us. I will also show off the software I’ve been developing, Little Outliner and other goodies. Some of them will already be shipping by the end of April. 😉

There should be room for 25-30 people. I’ve set up an Eventbrite page.

Hope to see you in Cambridge on April 25.

PS: Here’s the archive of Scripting News for March 2003. You’ll see a lot of the developments at Berkman recorded there.


About Dave Winer

Dave Winer, 54, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.
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