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About the Creators

David Jones and Reid Beels began LiveWire their sophomore year in high school at the request of a small non-profit corporation seeking to reach teens via the internet.

LiveWire's relationship with the corporation dissolved as LiveWire grew in size. LiveWire now operates independently and David and Reid are currently attending college.

David is the Executive Director of LiveWire. As of August 2004, Reid decided to pursue other projects and is no longer involved with LiveWire.

For Parents:
» What is LiveWire?

More about David Jones:
» Web Design Samples

More about Reid Beels:
» Personal Blog

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The History of LiveWire: As Told by Members
2000 A.D. The Birth of LiveWire

In the year 2000, with the turn of the millennium just over and amongst many terrible events like Mount Etna erupting on the island of Sicily and the release of Microsoft's Windows 2000 operating system, a panel of teenagers sat talking in a small room in Oregon, United States. They sat discussing the problem of teenagers needing anonymous support, suddenly a light bulb appeared above the head of one young lad and he stood up and announced his idea to build a website dedicated to peer support...

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The History of LiveWire: The Technical Side
Mid 2000
  • Panel of teens suggests the idea of a peer support website
  • Claire Chambers creates slogan and logo concept [ View Image ]
  • David Jones and Reid Beels asked to design a website which "connects teens to local resources, counselors, and each other" by Community Works
  • December 2000
  • LiveWire goes online December 30th
  • David and Reid design LiveWire's first homepage [ View Image ]
  • InfoStructure hosts LiveWire without charge
  • LiveWire goes online at livewireoregon.org
  • September 2001
  • Frontpage revision [ View Image ]
  • January 2002
  • LiveWire has 249 members
  • April 2002
  • Funding in jeopardy due to statewide budget shortfalls
  • May 2002
  • LiveWire scheduled for shut down
  • David Jones and Reid Beels ask Community Works to let them operate LiveWire
  • Community Works agrees, but does not release the domain name
  • InfoStructure agrees to continue supporting LiveWire
  • David Jones and Reid Beels buy the golivewire.com domain name
  • Frontpage revision [ View Image ]
  • June 2002
  • LiveWire branded products added [ View Store ]
  • July 2002
  • Community Works sells livewireoregon.org domain name to portal site
  • Frontpage revision [ View Image ]
  • August 2002
  • Donations accepted via PayPal [ Learn More ]
  • September 2002
  • Advertisements added to LiveWire for revenue
  • January 2003
  • LiveWire has 5,950 members
  • Donations accepted via PO Box
  • LiveWire expands to include College Forums and Technical Forums
  • April 2003
  • Frontpage revision [ View Image ]
  • May 2003
  • LiveWire outgrows InfoStructure's shared hosting plan (donated)
  • Old posts and 800 inactive members deleted for the first time
  • LiveWire has 8,370 members
  • New hosting provider HostDime (monthly fee)
  • Frontpage revision [ View Image ]
  • Attempts to port to mySQL made
  • Subdomains added
  • HostDime requires LiveWire to pay for semi-dedicated hosting
  • LiveWire raises minimum donation for Ad Free status
  • July 2003
  • Accounts converted to mySQL
  • September 2003
  • New advertisement company provides increased revenue
  • David and Reid begin college
  • Topics converted to mySQL
  • October 2003
  • Holiday Manager position created
  • November 2003
  • Polls converted to mySQL
  • 4,500 inactive members deleted
  • December 2003
  • LiveWire has 12,600 members
  • New fully dedicated server
  • January 2004
  • Free web based email added for all members
  • LiveWire mentioned on the national Canadian news show "Global News"
  • February 2004
  • Upgraded server memory from 512MB to 1GB
  • March 2004
  • Key line of coding found (and removed) which greatly sped LiveWire up
  • Frontpage revision [ View Image ]
  • May 2004
  • Upgraded server memory from 1GB to 1.5GB
  • Additional hard drive installed for backups
  • August 2004
  • Reid Beels resigns his position as co-administrator
  • Purchased golivewire.org to protect LiveWire's name
  • Partnership with Novel Hosting reduces LiveWire's monthly hosting bill
  • LiveWire becomes a non-profit corporation in oregon called the LiveWire Peer Support Network
  • September 2004
  • Upgraded server memory from 1.5GB to 2.0GB
  • Upgraded server to dual xeon processors with hyperthreading
  • Purchased golivewire.net to protect LiveWire's name
  • Advertisement Manager System online
  • November 2004
  • Major visual and navigation upgrade (sidebar added)
  • eHelp System online
  • December 2004
  • LiveWire has 30,000 members
  • Frontpage revision by Scott Tracy [ View Image ]
  • Image Basket System online
  • PHPbb Worm exploits server and deletes LiveWire
  • LiveWire restores from backup and installs security patches
  • February 2005
  • David Jones experiments with creating an offshoot of LiveWire called DormWire exclusively for students at his college
  • April 2005
  • LiveWire has 45,000 members
  • New curved and beveled look for all pages
  • Designer Themes Added by Scott Tracy
  • July 2005
  • LiveWire has 51,000 members
  • Complete revision of Community Guidelines
  • Executive Director David Jones begins a 10 month study abroad program in France
  • October 2005
  • LiveWire has 61,000 members
  • Full archiving of posts installed
  • Created FAQ Manager and Contest Manager positions
  • Began caching frequently requested data
  • Massive speed improvements
  • November 2005
  • LiveWire becomes "stable"
  • 22,366 inactive accounts deleted
  • DormWire, redesigned to work for any school, enters beta testing
  • May 2006
  • LiveWire has 68,000 members
  • Upgraded server memory from 2GB to 4GB
  • 2.2 million posts taken offline to reduce processing needs
  • LiveWire becomes "stable" again
  • June 2006
  • 2.2 million posts re-added by using merge tables
  • Executive Director David Jones returns to the United States
  • August 2006
  • LiveWire has 76,000 members
  • AJAX coding revised, increased, and improved
  • LiveWire is featured on AIM Today (August 16th)
  • October 2007
  • Optimizations result in an impressive increase in efficiency
  • December 2007
  • LiveWire adds a second server to support its growth
  • Reduced file size of accounts database by 55% with improved format
  • April 2008
  • LiveWire purchases Green Tags to offset its annual carbon impact on the environment
  • January 2009
  • LiveWire donates $3,600 to youth charities
  • LiveWire has 197,000 members