nay (little_nay) wrote in oldschoolers,

research update

Hi everyone,

Me again, again. Since people are posting on here more often, I thought I'd try and rustle up some interest in my research and see if anyone else wants to participate. Just to re-post my original request:


i'm starting a phd soon that looks at how people construct their identities online. i really want to look at how we used to do this using websites back in the 90s - the whole personal website, domain hosting, kinda thing - and contrast it with how we do it now - and how we think it's all changed (if it has at all!). i say "we" because *drumroll* i would ultimately like to interview people from this community. i need about 30 people, and i'll be doing the interviews around february-june 2009. i know this is far, far in the future ... but before i start working on the project, i need to know if there are 30 ppl out there who would be interested in participating. i'm looking for chicks between the ages of around 23 and 28, who were part of the website-hosting-girly-cliques communities anytime in the years 1995-2000 ish.

if this is something you're interested in, please let me know! leave a comment in this thread, and/or email me at to let me know your contact details, so that closer the date, i can contact you again and start the interviewing!


I'm in Australia, so all interviews will be via email, and maybe MSN and/or some kind of chat room. You'll get a full description of the research and be able to pull out at any time, and all responses will be kept anonymous (unless you don't want to be anon, of course). I've got about 22 people so far, so I'd love another 10+ to join in. Please, please email me at There's more info at my website -

Hope to hear from you soon!

-Nay (was at,, and

ETA: I'm shutting down this LJ, will now be known as "ms_maas". I'll watch this post so any comments WILL be replied to. You can always contact me on

Thanks for everyone's replies, please keep them coming :)
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I was hosted at a free site and then at a friend's site, so I'm not sure I'm exactly what you look for, but I am 27 and was part of various forums and groups and was obsessed with website battles and ring surfing and such.
Awesome, definitely sounds like you'd be a great participant! I'll send you an email with all my details in it.


9 years ago

I'm interested if you'll have me. Contact me at
Shall do :)
I would absolutely be willing to talk to you. I'm 27, so I fit right into the age group you're talking about. You can reach me at rmfeldman81 at gmail dot com.
Shall do!
This is SUCH an interesting study, and I commend you for choosing something as exploratory. I did my undergraduate thesis on postmodern multiple identities (using race & ethnicity as an umbrella topic), identity construction/negotiation, so I'm very interested in the study you're describing. May I ask what your Ph.D is in? Sounds to me like a Ph.D in a social science as well, but I could be wrong. :-)

I'd be glad to help out any way I can! I was hosted on back in the late 1990's, and I'm 23 now. My email address is maunster (at)
Awesome, a fellow academic! The department I'm studying in is the "Life and Social Sciences" one, and the area is Media & Comms. Though people have been hemming and hawing that maybe I need a real social sci researcher to help supervise as well ...
will definitely be emailing :)
I'd love to help you out. I'm 22, so I fall exactly one year too young. But if you're still looking for people, definitely send me an email at kangazoom(at)
age shouldn't be an issue - I'll definitely send you an email :)
I'm 23, so I'm the young end of the age range, but I'd definitely be interested. My email is
just happened across this post- if you need more people, let me know anerise @ I'm 23.
Awesome, thanks Anerise, I'll send you an email now :)
I'm 22, but I'd be happy to help if you're still looking.
I'm 24 and I was super involved in all of that back in the day so feel free to e-mail me -- lemonlimeswirl @
I'm 23 with a long history of site building (1997-present). I'm so all over this project. Please keep me posted! dyejob at gmail dot com
Not sure if you are still working on this project but if you are and need participants, I'm available. :) I'm 24 and have been in the domain world since 1997. You can e-mail me at thingcalledlove[at]gmail[dot]com.
how is this research going?
It's going well - it slowed down during the past 2 years while personal life took over, but I'm back on track and aim to submit the PhD by mid 2014. Thanks for checking in :)

If you ended up participating by filling in the questionnaire, and you'd like to do a one-on-one interview (by Skype), please let me know :)