splash  The Louise Brooks Society website was launched in 1995. That makes it something of an internet pioneer. The LBS was the first Louise Brooks website, and one of the earliest sites devoted to any actor or actress. With a goal of stimulating interest in her life and films, the LBS has always sought new ways of getting the word out.

One of its earliest efforts at reaching fans was through posting messages on bulletin board systems (BBS), listserves, newsgroups (Usenet), and on AOL and Prodigy, back when they were dominant. The earliest archived newsgroup post mentioning the Louise Brooks Society, from October 27, 1995, announces the website. Another, a query from the LBS asking about a screening of Pandora’s Box in Poland, dates to January 29, 1996. These posts, which can still be read, are now part of the Usenet Archive.

The LBS was an early adopter of social media, even before the term existed. In the past, it has had its own message board, Yahoo Group, Tribe.net page, email newsletter, and still lingering MySpace account. The LBS started blogging in 2002, first on LiveJournal and then on Blogger. Between them, there are thousands of blog posts, most of which now reside on the LBS blog at louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com. The LBS blog is a member of various blogger affiliations, including the Classic Movie Blog Association and LAMB (Large Ass Movie Blogs).

The same year that the LBS began blogging, it also jumped on the internet music bandwagon and launched its own online radio station on Live365. Since 2002, RadioLulu has been streaming Louise Brooks-inspired, silent film themed music of the 1920s, 1930s, and today. Thousands have tuned-in and “liked” its broadcast.

The LBS joined Twitter in January 2009, and has tweeted thousands of time. The LBS Facebook page goes back to 2010. It has been “liked” thousands of times as well, and there are many postings. The LBS joined YouTube in 2013. Check it out to see what videos can be found there.

The column to the right lists most of the major LBS social media accounts and satellite sites. Please take a moment to explore those that might be of interest. Thank you for your interest in Louise Brooks and the Louise Brooks Society.

LBS on Twitter

Tweeting about Louise Brooks and the Louise Brooks Society since 2009. Please follow us.

LBS Blog

A blog about an actress, silent film, and the Jazz Age; and occasionally the state of Kansas, early Hollywood, writer Frank Wedekind & his character Lulu, as well as books, music, art, dance, fashion, history and other topics sometimes only tangentially related to the heart of the matter, posted on a regular basis by Thomas Gladysz, founding Director.

The first media the website received was in May, 1996 when USA Today named the LBS a “Hot Site”, stating “Silent-film buffs can get a taste of how a fan club from yesteryear plays on the Web…. It also draws an international audience.” In 1996, the LBS was also named one of the five best sites devoted to actresses by Net Directory, an English computer magazine. And in 1998, Wired ran a feature on the site, “Fan Site Sparks Biopic“.

Mosaic, the first web browser, recognized an early incarnation of the LBS by including it on its “What’s New” page on June 27, 1996. The LBS was similarly honored by Netscape, another early browser. [The earliest archived LBS homepage, now part of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, dates to April 11, 1997.]

 

The first Internet honor the LBS received was a four-slate rating (best possible) from the North Carolina Institute of Film Arts. Since then, the LBS received numerous designations, including inclusion on Yahoo’s “Desert Island List” in November, 1996. The LBS is especially proud to have been named a recommended site by the online version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. This site was also included in the Art & Music Pavilion of the Internet 1996 World Exposition, a “world’s fair for the information age”. The LBS has, as well, been named a “Celebrity Site of the Day” and “Hollywood Site of the Week”. Pictured above are some of the old-school designations honoring the site.