Mike Popovic sketch of mikepop
Personal Projects
hiptop Nation
October 2002 - 2010
What happens when a populous and varied group starts adopting technology that lets them capture and share their lives with increasing effortlessness? I started hiptop Nation as a communal weblog for thousands of cameraphone users to find out. This site inspired the term "moblogging."
Humorous Diversions
January 1998 - Present
The technology sector is exciting, challenging and all too often ridiculous. The critically-acclaimed Be Dope traces the story of the Be Operating System in over 400 articles. More general technology humor was published at segfault.org. Recently I was a collaborator at Angry Octopus Comics.
Interactive Fiction
August 2000 - Present
I contribute descriptive text and dialog (along with supporting graphics and material) to various works of interactive fiction (a.k.a. text adventures). Spend a couple of hours with Guess the Verb! or Degeneracy for examples.
Work History
Martin's Point Health Care - Web Analyst
August 2005 - Present
Portland, Maine
Martin's Point Health Care provides proven clinical services at health care centers in Maine and New Hampshire, administers the US Family Health Plan in Northern New England for the Department of Defense, and offers a coordinated, customer-focused health system for self-insured companies and their employees. As web analyst, I provide overall systems administration of the organization's web portals and the underlying content management system. This includes creating and updating scripts to support site appearance and functionality and working with stakeholders and I.S. staff to plan, manage and execute the site architecture and content.
Danger, Inc. - Copywriter
May 2004 - June 2010
I consulted with Danger, Inc. — the company behind the hiptop — on a few projects, including researching and creating the copy for an email newsletter and the front page of hiptop.com. They were recently swallowed up by Microsoft.
Gould Academy - Online Communications Specialist
August 2004 - June 2005
Bethel, Maine
Gould Academy is a world-class college preparatory school that is based on the principle of engaging and teaching each student. I handled online communications and outreach to potential students. Along with writing copy and updating pictures on the website, I created keyword and banner advertising campaigns and managed email newsletters for students, parents, alumni, potential students and trustees. I also guest lectured about online interaction in the occasional class.
Tom's of Maine - Online Engineer
February 2002 - February 2004
Kennebunk, Maine
Rebuilt the Tom's of Maine website, including visual design and branding elements, site organization and backend code. I developed online campaigns, including a 100,000+ email newsletter and search engine advertising. Delivered backend code and front-end design for all web projects, such as the Rivers Awareness Program and Dental Health for All.
SEGA of America - Beta Tester
July 2001 - Nov 2001
San Francisco, California
Made the world a better place for video gamers by extensively abusing games on the Playstation 2, GameCube, GBA and Dreamcast at SEGA.
Be Inc. - Webmaster & Content Developer
August 1998 - April 2001
Menlo Park, California
Managed a team responsible for the Be corporate web site and intranet. Wrote extensive technical materials. Developed and implemented ideas for new marketing and community-building programs.
Physicians' Online
May 1996 - August 1998
Tarrytown, New York
Optimized all HTML, JavaScript and graphics as the service migrated from a proprietary graphic user interface to an HTML standards-based user interface. Prototyped new services using emergent technologies. At the time, Physicians' Online was the world's largest and only verifiable online community of physicians
Pace University - BS, CS
May 1992
White Plains, New York