GirlGeek of the Week
Growing up in the 80s, my teachers were always
saying that in the future we would need computer skills to get a
good job. This techno-future was so hard to fathom when my entire
third grade class was huddled around a Commodore 64 to play Zork!
I studied English literature and creative writing at New York University,
where I used my Mac SE solely to type papers and play Tetris. But
in 1994, I had my first experience with the Internet and I fell
in love. It seemed like the perfect way for me to jump start my
writing career. With no corporate hierarchy, I could be the head
of my own magazine!
In 1996 I founded an alternative downtown New York City Web guide
called GOLDENNYC.COM. By early 1998, the site had evolved into a
global community of people who loved the downtown lifestyle. And
so I relaunched the site as Tag, Worldwide Downtown so people around
the world could share their experiences about being young and making
their way outside the mainstream.
When did you first discover your love and/or
obsession with computers and technology?
Before I understood much about the Internet, my boyfriend sent
me love e-notes and cute jpegs. I knew that using technology to
unite people and to share emotions and experiences was going to
be my greatest obsession.
How do you earn a living?
Although Tag has incredibly loyal fans and gets about 2 million
hits a month, it still doesn't pay the bills. So I am also a senior
editor at CosmoGIRL, where I edit the technology section, and try
to empower teenagers to believe in themselves.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
There are days when I'd rather play my Dreamcast and surf the Internet
than talk to another human being. And some of the greatest people
I know are the biggest techies in the world. So if that's geeky,
then I'd consider it a great compliment to be called a geek.
What is your favorite Web site?
What do you do when you are not working?
I'm never not working.