I first saw the web in 1993, when there were 600 sites. I proceeded to experiment with radical honesty and personal sharing on the web - hundreds of pages about my bodily functions, my drug use, my sex life and my relationships. This film looks back at 21 years of online oversharing, the good outcomes and the challenging consequences.
What happens when someone shares too much of their life online? Pioneer blogger Justin Hall reflects on the sex, drugs and difficult relationships that characterized his 20 years of online publishing at the birth of the web as we know it.
This overshare: TMI edition includes access to supplementary materials: outtakes, drafts, revisions, production notes and behind the scenes views on making a film about a web site about a life.
but why? - chapter 1/8 - overshare: the links.net story
This is the first chapter from overshare: the Links.net story: http://overshare.links.net - asking why someone would want to share so much about their lives online, plus providing a teasing bit of context about the narrator.
love at first site: the web in 1993 - chapter 2/8 - overshare: the links.net story
This is the second chapter from overshare: the Links.net story: http://overshare.links.net - exploring a love for computers, for video games, which lead to modems and BBSes and then to USENET and finally to Mosaic and the World Wide Web in 1993.
spinning the web: Wired & 1994 San Francisco cyberculture - 4/8 - overshare: the links.net story
This is the fourth chapter from overshare: the Links.net story: http://overshare.links.net - joining up with Wired Magazine in 1994 as they prepared to launch HotWired, a new publication for this new medium. Alongside Wired in San Francisco, Cyborganic and Howard Rheingold promoted a more partic...
learning the limits of public honesty - chapter 5/8 - overshare: the links.net story
This is the fifth chapter from overshare: the Links.net story: http://overshare.links.net - exploring the social costs of sharing personal information on the early web. What happens to home pages when search engines are invented?
endings: blogging, marriage, business - chapter 7/8 - overshare: the links.net story
This is a chapter from overshare: the Links.net story: http://overshare.links.net - a personal blogger stops blogging to begin a marriage and a business, and then those collapse. Does personal tragedy presage a return to posting online?
</then> <now> - chapter 8/8 - overshare: the links.net story
This is the eighth and final chapter from overshare: the Links.net story: http://overshare.links.net working to understand what can be learned from 20 years of participation in the personal and public internet.
Speech at re-publica May 2015 "Self Exploitation on Today's Internet"
A longtime Links.net reader connected me with the people organizing this conference re:publica in Berlin, and they invited me to speak. This was about seven months after XOXO in Portland, and I wanted to challenge myself and not tell the same story I have been telling in my XOXO speech, and this...
I thought it might be useful to see when a domain like links.net or bud.com was free for the taking, so I added dates in the URL bar as I talked about registering them. But I decided the footage was too busy, so I deleted it.
I was thinking to have a timeline effect situate viewers in scenes. I built a mockup, and a web-based timeline: http://20.links.net/timeline.html but then I decided to use titles to situate people in dates instead.
Speech at XOXO Festival, September 2014 - a live runthrough of content from the film
I thought I would show my film at XOXO, but turns out I had been invited to be a speaker instead. XOXO is a conference that celebrates passionate making in media and the internet. I was honored to have the chance to look back at internet sharing, themes I was marinating in deeply due to this do...
The first public glimpse of this documentary project, with a call for submissions of #20links-tagged early web memories. Eventually managing my own memories proved daunting enough without coordinating submissions from other folks.