Gail Ann Williams

gail-laughingHi. I’m Gail Williams. I often try to remember to add in my middle name, to be more specific. Williams is an exceptionally generic name in my county, and I share my first name with some remarkable Williams women in other fields.

So let’s call this disambiguation: I’m the one from the San Francisco Bay Area, first known for satirical theater, then involved in photography, writing and online community management. (Managing complex online social networks is sometimes nearly an oxymoron, so obviously work has been very interesting at times!) You may know me as gail on The WELL, as gailwilliams blogging elsewhere, or as fotogail on Flickr and Vimeo. I also write about the craft beer renaissance.

Currently I am offering planning, consulting and project management services to clients who work with community and content. Contact me at info [at] gailwilliams.com or leave a message at (415) 633-6036 to find out if we should be working together to create excellent community and creative experiences.  Just figuring that out together will be fun.

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The WELL’s been a beloved conversation space and online home since 1990. I was part of The WELL management from 1991 through 2012, when the service was finally sold to a group of community members by Salon.com.

Through 2016, I worked with the new management group, The Well Group, on a series of projects there. (If you see me post over there, I’m talking for myself, only. The old home page of mine there is mostly a gesture for history, and is not much different than when I first started it. It shows a breathless optimism that has been tempered a bit, but never lost, even in the face of bouts of fierce skepticism.)

Like so many people, I now have bits of information scattered all over the Web. This page is meant to be an anchor point with links to some of my very different projects and a few turns at navel-gazing.

Here are a few third-party articles and items, such as sparse Wikipedia entry.

is where I blog and comment on social networking and community issues, at least every once in a while.

is a San Francisco craft beer by mass transit reference site and blog I do with my husband. We also write for The Celebrator Beer News together.

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Just for fun, is another place where I post words as well as images, play with their selection of social networking tools and collaborate visually.  Since the changes at Flickr under Yahoo (and the current uncertainties) I have not been there much, but some of the collections done with inspiration from community collaborators from all of the world – like the urban abstracts and some of the nature shots – still please me.

Here’s a link to that blast from the deeper past, The Plutonium Players. Long before Stephen Colbert, we were  — this was a spoof that took our little troupe on the road, performing for 12 years together.

Psst…looking for the “proverbs”? This is my 20+ year old old tip sheet for moderators and community builders.   Somehow many of them boil down to “try to be kind to one another.”