Social memories forge instant connections
MILL VALLEY, Calif. (PRWEB) July 23, 2008
WereYouThere was inspired by Hull's own passion for storytelling both as a former TIME magazine bureau chief and a bestselling author. "Over the years I've received quite a few letters from readers who wanted to share stories from their own lives, hopeful that someone might listen. Many of these stories were so fascinating and evocative that I got to thinking: where can they find the audience they deserve?" Hull adds: "At heart, we are all storytellers, telling and re-telling our stories to give structure and meaning to our lives. WereYouThere is designed to bring these stories together, weaving them into a rich tapestry of our collective experience."
WereYouThere is free to join. An intuitive and straightforward interface allows members to post text, audio, photos and videos into a multimedia archive organized by subject matter. Members can also create communities based on shared experience and enjoy private messaging, profiles and full privacy controls. "Social memories forge instant connections," says Hull. "Just put two strangers who both went to Woodstock into the same room and watch what happens." He adds, "WereYouThere is both a social network and a vast digital history project that enables every member to add their voice."
Members have already posted firsthand accounts of topics ranging from the attack on Pearl Harbor to Pink Floyd. "The diversity of the stories is what makes it so compelling," says Hull. "You can read about 9/11, Elvis, the Tet Offensive or J.F.K's assassination." Other topics include favorite travel spots, celebrities, memorable moments in sports and the everyday scenes of days gone by. WereYouThere encourages noncommercial use of the content posted by members with the intention of creating a valuable resource for students, historians and anyone interested in where we've been.
Hull spent ten years as a correspondent at TIME magazine, winning the Society of Professional Journalists' prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for magazine journalism. A former bureau chief for TIME in both Jerusalem and Chicago, his reporting has ranged from the Gulf War and the Palestinian uprising to the troubled underside of American society. Hull is also the author of the bestselling novel Losing Julia as well as The Distance from Normandy. Hull Media, Inc. is a privately-owned corporation based in Mill Valley, California.