Abuzz was, I believe, a Boston Globe creation before the NY Times bought that paper. It was the 1st online chat thing I ever engaged in. It turned into a very vicious place and the Times shut it down.
Craven, Jespah and a couple of hamsters started A2K. They designed it and rolled it out slowly to invited guests to make sure the technology would work.
I joined as member #197 once it was opened up to the unwashed. There still are more people from the NE area then there statistically ought to be.