Published Jan 10, 2017 Updated May 25, 2021, 5:46 am CDT
Jan. 10 marks the one-year anniversary of David Bowie‘s death, and while his absence is still tangible, we at least have BowieNet.
In 1998, BowieNet, a place for fans to gather and discuss Bowie and his music—as well as float around in virtual worlds—appeared online. This was pre-social media, but it nonetheless it became a Twitter-esque place. Bowie saw the potential of the internet, comparing it to an “alien life form” in a 1999 interview.
On the BowieNet message boards, Bowie often chimed in as Sailor. Here are some of the best musings from the board. The site only features posts from 2006 on, due to an apparent archiving fail. His alleged postings on Teenage Wildlife have been rumored as fake.
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.