I first hopped on the ‘net way back in 1993, when only a small portion of the population had internet access. I enjoyed playing around with a number of online services including PCLink (a forerunner to AOL), Compuserve and Prodigy, but late in 1993 I fell in love with the music of Phish and wanted to learn as much about the band as possible. Thanks to a book called Net Guide, I found out that I could discuss Phish with other fans through a newsgroup called rec.music.phish and that I could download all sorts of information about the band through a fan-run project called Phish.net.
Back in those days, you needed to access Phish.net through a protocol called Gopher that was heavy on text and light on graphics. Within a year or two, the World Wide Web took off and the people who ran Phish.net were early adopters of the web and quickly made all of the information on the Gopher site easily accessible through www.phish.net. Since that time there hasn’t been many upgrades to the look and feel of Phish.net…until today.
Through the hard work of a dedicated team of Phish-loving volunteers, the “new” Phish.net has replaced the antiquated old site. Now, you can create your own profile, track shows you’ve seen, discuss the band with other fans and so much more. Phish fans will benefit from the hundreds of hours of work the Phish.net team put into the site and we’ve been told to expect more new features to be rolled out in the coming months. We want to say thanks to everyone who was involved in the redesign including longtime friends of HT Jeremy Welsh, Scott Marks and Ellis Godard.
- Twitter: Phish.Net