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, then 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, as gailwilliams blogging elsewhere, or as fotogail on Flickr. (I also write about the craft beer renaissance with Steve Shapiro.)
Currently I am offering planning, consulting and project management services to clients who work with community and content. I love to collaborate on visions and strategies on a short-term basis these days.
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.
The WELL is my beloved conversation space and 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 Salon.com.
Through 2016, I worked with the new management group, The Well Group, on a series of projects there. (If you see me post over there, I’m talking for myself, only. The old home page of mine there is mostly a gesture for history, and is not much different than when I first started it. It shows a breathless optimism that has been tempered a bit, but never lost, even in the face of bouts of fierce skepticism.)
Like so many people, I now have bits of information scattered all over the Web. This page is meant to be an anchor point with links to some of my very different projects and fancies.
Here are a few third-party articles and items, such as a short Wikipedia entry.
Connectable Dots is my community dynamics blog. I comment on social networking and community issues every once in a while.
Psst…looking for the “proverbs”? This is my 20+ year old old tip sheet for moderators and community builders. Community Tips (almost proverbs) Somehow many of them boil down to “try to be kind to one another.”
Beer by BART is a San Francisco craft beer by mass transit reference site and blog I do with my husband. We also write for The Celebrator Beer News 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.