Welcome to the Archive.
This archive is what officially remains of VectorStar Networks.
"VSN" (as it was often called) was a project that started with the
idea that people instinctively need and will build communities where
communities are needed. VSN was intended as an open place for people
to develop their own ad-hoc online communities. It was hoped that this
organic community growth model would become an adaptive environment
that would grow into a phenomenon well beyond the control of its
VSN's key assumption was that adequate online communities did not
exist, and that people would build their own. Well, they did - just not on
VectorStar! Sites like LiveJournal, Facebook and Myspace came to
define and dominate the concept of online communities.
In practice, a number of online communities emerged. Many of them
interacted quite beautifully. Eventually the more complex groups moved
on to other hosting services. Overall it could be said that the VSN
project was a partial success.