A well-known virtual community
, founded by Howard Rheingold
in 1996 as an offshoot of The WELL
. The original Electric Minds placed emphasis on conferencing
, and used the WellEngaged
conferencing software system along with other custom software.
In 1997, Rheingold sold Electric Minds to Durand Communications Inc., which transferred the community to their CommunityWare online service. After Durand was acquired by Online Systems Services, Inc., later Webb Interactive Services, Inc., Electric Minds was moved to Webb's portal platform.
Today, Electric Minds continues to thrive, with more than 80,000 members to date. Access it at http://www.minds.com.