I had a couple drinks and woke up with 1,000 nerds

The story of Tilde.Club

Paul Ford
Paul Ford
Oct 9, 2014 · 14 min read

Stevie Nicks

Notice all the tildes.

On “~”

Making awesome web pages

Welcome to tilde.club!Who am I? I am the system administrator, Paul Ford. Like any system administrator, I will be slow to respond, will get everything wrong, and will act imperiously while never acknowledging wrongdoing. Consider this part of your authentic tilde.club experience! Since I’ve now saddled myself in this clown rodeo, a few notes: - No drama. What constitutes drama? There is a Mary J. Blige song called “No More Drama.” If Mary J. Blige would think it was drama, it is drama.
- This is a guilt-free project and total disaster is ALWAYS a possible outcome.
- This thing is a de-facto whitey sausagefest so everyone be actively, aggressively cool and sweet and remember that the only binary that’s real is the one that we use on our microchips.
MY SACRED VOWS TO YOU
I will do my best to do the following things:
1) I will make a weekly backup of the public_html directories so when some teen in Estonia decides to hack in and ruin everything we can bring up a new server and limp back to life.
2) I won’t shut things down without a month of warning and once it’s shut down I’ll make sure a file with all the public_html directories is uploaded to archive.org.
3) If any community forms at all (DUBIOUS BUT SURPRISE ME) I promise I won’t blow up the community without, like, first pointing everyone to some free IRC channel or something.
Example dragon

Things people made on tilde.club last week

More revenue than most websites I guess?
From http://tilde.club/~jr/network/

What actually is tilde.club?

Tilde.club is one cheap, unmodified Unix computer on the Internet.

As a human being reading Medium, you are not expected to worry about, write think-pieces about, or concern yourself with tilde.club.

Tilde.club, like all dubious products, is clearly marked:
For entertainment purposes only.

Tilde.club is one cheap, unmodified Unix computer on the Internet.

I’m truly sorry, but this is the part of the essay with the potted history of Unix.

This is where young people shared feelings

Back to tilde.club: Growth, hacking

A list of about one-third of the people logged in right now—PARTY IN TILDE TOWN!!!

This will go pear-shaped but we like pears

What next?

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection.

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.

Paul Ford

Written by

Paul Ford

CEO, https://postlight.com, a digital product studio in NYC. Also writer, Medium advisor, programmer. Any port in a storm, especially ports 80 and 443.

The Message

A Pandaemonium Revolver Collection. Season 2 stars @anildash @alanalevinson @ftrain @hipstercrite @itsthebrandi @jamielaurenkeiles @vijithassar @yungrama @zeynep. Season 1 available on DVD shortly.

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