Getting ready for last night’s Mystery Train on RTE 1 radio, we stumbled upon their ‘Net Nanny’ programme, which covers online subjects for newbies. We weren’t really listening when a very posh sounding voice attracted our attention, as they were talking about U2’s official site, U2.com. It turned out to be Sebastian Clayton, director of U2.com, whose first revelation will have many old school online fans checking their e-mail archives thinking ‘OMG, did I really post that?’:
‘There was a ginormous U2 community, online before we ever launched an official site. There was a mailing list called ‘Wire’, they used to e-mail each other all the time, just a ginormous mailing list where all the fans used to keep in touch with each other. The band and I joined up to it just to see what was going on and how it worked and what happened and what people were saying. And once we saw that there were so many people involved and inspired by this mailing list we decided that it would be a good idea to put together an official site for them.’
Seb also reveals a lot of people have been asking the site about blogging, ‘so we’re looking into that.’
Sorry lads, blogging is so 2004 (or 2000 if you’re U2log.com). It’s all about pod/vodcasting now.