Dave Taylor and Other Pioneers of Online Communities

Of all the bulletins and ezines that have come and gone over the years, one I have enjoyed consistently is The Internet Tourbus (Why Surf When You Can Ride?) bulletin. Year in, year out, this little bus has rolled up to my email box bearing goodies – lots of advice, helpful tips, explanations of internet arcana, plenty of humour, sponsors to promote but never a hard sell.

I admit that of late I’ve not been reading every issue, so I was very pleased that I opened the one that arrived today, because it featured a friend and colleague of mine. Dave Taylor, publisher of The Intuitive Life Business Blog (and others) is co-moderator with me of the Linkedin Bloggers group, where lots of bloggers and intending bloggers hang out and share ideas and information. In the email bulletin I received today, Bob Rankin, long time Tourbus driver, has linked back ten years to an interview with Dave, which includes some fascinating information and insights into the ‘olden days’ in the online world. Remember bulletin boards?

I knew Dave had done a lot in the Internet space, but how much he had done and for how long hadn’t really sunk in until today, reading the interview. There are pics too – see Dave with camera at the ready.

This is a must read for anyone with even a passing interest in the internet, online communities, social media, or just ‘the good old days’ and people who blazed the trail.

Hats off to Bob (and Patrick) and Dave and all!

And if you’d like to be a proud rider of what we call the little bus of Internet happiness, you can click this button

and link up!

Late news just in: Dave has blogged about Bob’s item and about a more recent interview in this post.

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I show business owners and other professionals how to navigate the social media maze and use LinkedIn effectively. I'm an author, speaker, business coach, social media strategist and LinkedIn specialist. Connect with me on LinkedIn, Google Plus and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get my weekly Social Business Bites.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Yes, Dave is a master – and writes well. I would have no hesitation recommending his book.

  2. I just came across your blog and had to comment. Dave Taylor is my business coach and has been advising us through development of http://www.theconnectory.com – which is a cooperative blogging community.

    Have you had a chance to read his book Growing your Business with Google? I highly recommend it for anyone who is thinking about blogging.

    The book is so good in fact, that I am thinking about giving a copy of that book away for people joining The Connectory. It’s the best resource book that I have seen yet that really teaches the entrepreneur, in a non-tech way, how to become ‘findable’ online.

    Did you know that 65% of people do research on the internet before making a purchasing decision? As Dave says “If your business is not ‘findable’, it does not exist”.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey, thanks for two things – I’d completely forgotten about the Tourbus, I think I first saw it in ’95? I will definitely look it up. The second thanks is for drawing my attention to this article. So … thanks! 🙂