Glenn Rubenstein and Headboard – Almost Famous via Social Media
In a time before my experience with REDEARTH88, lonelygirl15, or OpAphid, I spent seven years of my life making music and touring with my band, Headboard. That time period, 1995 to 2002, was an interesting one for aspiring musicians.
The rise of MP3 technology and peer-to-peer sites like Napster helped give birth to the concept of social media as we know it. Without mp3.com or Napster, I’m not so sure that sites like Digg or YouTube would be popular today. Sure, sites like Geocities were already letting people publish web pages–but the idea of a user-driven, user-rated content-specific community was still in its infancy.
I wrote this article a few years ago, but I think that it helps make the case for why the “MP3 revolution” had such a big impact on the internet as we currently know it.