Doing so, reminded me on the old times when we were a bunch of people blogging in Yahoo 360. Myself and a few others were interested in changing the layout of our posts … making up HTML at that time.
A lady in Hawaii and I, spent, probably hours, figuring out how to put in a line between some columns, or if it was header … I don’t remember … but the amount of energy we put into this! Nobody would notice it anyway, but I think it was just the challenge of it all. It felt very rewarding when we finally got the line in place 🙂
Those were really fun times, even though I think we tend to glorify them a little bit in hindsight. When big groups of people get together — in fact I think a group of three is enough — there’s bound to be trouble also … not only rosy. It seems that regardless of where or how … when groups of people get together, there will always be certain characteristics represented. That’s probably some psychological/social explanation to this that I’m not aware of.
This phenomenon struck me a number of years ago, when a new TV show started back home — it’s was something like Sweden’s answer to ER. It was pretty good, and after a while I noticed that many of the characters in the show were so similar to the ones we had in real life in the small clinic where I worked. They had the hypochondriacs, the self-pitiers, the maniacs, the plain lonely people that just wanted some attention … they were all there. When I talked with people, working in other places, they said the same thing. This was not only true for the patients — the staff too. I don’t like to stereotype people, and I don’t know what category I, myself, would have fallen into, but it was interesting to see the same thing happen online … in Y360. Oh, the drama that took place there! We even had some case of multiple identities … a person/woman who had a male identity for a while. She eventually killed off the male, though. Another guy acted like he was a co-owner of Yahoo, and his dream in life was probably to get a job there. That never happened of course. Quite often you saw posts saying that they were «cleaning up their friends list». That always caused a bit of a stir in the community.
I think this lasted about three years, before Yahoo shut it down. They had a good thing going there, I don’t know why they shut it down, but anyway … it was fun, and I’m glad I was a part of it. I learned a lot there … not only about HTML but also about human nature.
After that experience, it feels really calm and peaceful to blog here … all by myself.