I try to remember to add in my middle name in public. Williams is an exceptionally generic name in my county, and I share my first name with some remarkable Williams women in other fields.
So let’s call this disambiguation: I’m Gail from the San Francisco Bay Area, first known for satirical theater years ago, since involved in photography, writing and online community management. (Managing complex online social networks is sometimes nearly an oxymoron, so obviously work has been very interesting at times!) You may know me as gail on The WELL.
I also write about the craft beer renaissance with Steve Shapiro.
Currently I am offering planning and project management consulting services to clients who work with community and content. I love to collaborate on visions and strategies on a short-term basis. I have done some passion projects around community and journalism and in networking within the craft beer community.
Contact me at info [at] gailwilliams.com or leave a message at (415) 633-6036 to find out if we should be working together to create excellent community and creative experiences. Just figuring that out together will be fun.
Check out www.linkedin.com/in/gailwilliams for a casual resume.
Like so many people, I now have bits of information scattered all over the Web. This page is meant to be an anchor point.
What about The WELL? The WELL is my beloved conversation space and has been an online home since 1990. I was part of The WELL management from 1991 through 2012, when the service was finally sold to a group of community members by former owner Salon.com.
Through 2016, I worked with the new management group, The Well Group, to manage a series of projects there. (If you see me post over there, I’m talking for myself, only)
Here are a few third-party articles and items, such as a short Wikipedia entry highlighting my online community management career.
Beer by BART is a San Francisco craft beer by mass transit reference site and blog I do with my husband. We also freelance for Celebrator Beer News, Beer Advocate and other publications together.
Just for fun, check out my fotogail collection at Flickr, another place where I have posted words as well as images to collaborate visually. Since the changes at Flickr under Yahoo (and the current uncertainties) I have not been there as much, but I am excited about social photography.
Here’s a link to that blast from the deeper past, The Plutonium Players. Long before Stephen Colbert, we were Ladies Against Women — this was a spoof that took our little troupe on the road, performing for 12 years together.