"I welcome all you web travellers to the first community driven Internet site that focuses on music, film, literature, painting and more, where you can interact with all the members of our adventurous new project, knowing that this is an on-growing builder, added to constantly, and that you will definitely be entertained (sometimes unwittingly).
The purpose of BowieNet is interactivity and community - plain and clear - everybody has a voice. We have terrific partners so the services and hopefully your experiences at BowieNet will reflect everyone's commitment to excellence. So - let's go - mouse rules, okay!"
BowieNet Home Page
September 1, 1998
BowieNet is Bowie's foray into the world of an online community web site.
Launched on September 1, 1998, the so-called "boutique" Internet Service Provider offers fans a wealth of riches from the immense archives Bowie has accumulated over the years, including audio tracks, lyrics and videos from all of Bowie's albums, never-before-seen family album photographs, a weekly journal in which Bowie gives updates on his day-to-day activities, exclusive art, contests, and a chance to chat and post messages for Bowie to see.
Subscribers to BowieNet have two methods of gaining access:
- BowieNet VPN Account: For $19.95/month subscribers can obtain full Internet Service Access via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) arrangement with Concentric Networks. Instead of dialing into AOL or your local ISP, you dial a Concentric Networks number and gain full Internet access (web browsing, email, chat, news, FTP) on the back of Concentric's worldwide network. $19.95/month accounts also get an exclusive BowieNet CD-ROM which includes all the software necessary to get you on the Internet together with two video tracks and a newly recorded audio track called Fun.
- Premium Content: For $5.95/month subscribers who want to retain their current Internet provider can sign up to obtain a username and password to access the premium content of BowieNet. That includes everything on the web as in the BowieNet VPN account, but doesn't include the CD-ROM with the exclusive tracks.
For more information on the content and a recommendation, read the review.