Mike Butcher, Editor-at-large,
“Lots of people talk about community, but few know how to build it. To understand the history of internet communities, and be inspired to build your own, this is the book to read.”
Ready for an adventure into the depths of internet history? (not yours, don’t worry!).
The Rise of Virtual Communities is a new book by Amber Atherton that uncovers the fascinating history of how and where we connect to each other online. Inside, explore the earliest virtual communities and map the technological evolutions which shaped the culture of the internet as we know it.
Read in-depth interviews with the visionary founders of iconic online platforms from The Palace and Second Life, Habbo Hotel and Club Penguin, to Reddit, Discord and Web 3. On a journey through time and data, author Amber Atherton tracks the field development from 1980’s to present day.