About Me

Born and living in Amsterdam, of Dutch-Indonesian descent. I am an online professional with substantial experience in developing and managing websites, customer portals, applications, API's and communities. In my role as Product Owner I will translate your business rules and needs into clear, concise user stories. I can explain complicated IT solutions to your stakeholders in plain language. I am driven, focused, loyal and you'll want me on your team.

I have worked online in broadcasting, publishing, web development and telecommunications since 1995 which makes me an old school webhead, a very early adopter of the internet.

Dutch people are impressed I was the first of them on Twitter back in 2006. It doesn’t pay for lunch.

I take pictures and look after some websites:

gokodama.com (2017 – now)
I like travelling to Japan and sometimes blog about my experiences there.

Gavin Friday Official Website (1995 – now)

I advise the Irish artist Gavin Friday about all things web, I manage his official website and all social media. Sometimes we go on tour. I’ll tweet, shoot pics and document it all until I drop, or make some ginger tea to keep that voice in shape.

Virgin Prunes Official Website (1999 – now)

I manage the official website of the Irish band Virgin Prunes and all their social media.

Whedonesque.com (2002 – 2017)

The most popular community weblog for and by fans of the writer, film- and TV-maker and director Joss Whedon. Winner of the 20006 SyFy genre award for Best Website. Nominated several times for the Bloggies, SciFi.com Site of the week (22-11-2004), Times Online Blog of the Week (4-3-2006), finalist in the SXSW Interactive Festival website competition and quoted many, many times in the mainstream press.

U2log.com (2000 – 2011)

The very first U2 weblog and one of the first niche weblogs. Started as a more or less satirical commentary on the world’s biggest band and ended up a semi-pro news source. It hurt to let it go after ten years when we quit in March 2011. I met and worked with some of my closest friends here.

Back when I had lots of spare time, I wrote these three books:

  • Gavin Friday – The Light and Dark (Von B Press, 1990, out of print)
  • U2 Live: A Concert Documentary (Omnibus Press, 2003 edition, Amazon.com)
  • The Complete Guide to the Music of U2 (Omnibus Press, April 2004 edition, Amazon.com)

On the road is where I love to be.

Contact Details

Caroline van Oosten de Boer


CNV Vakmensen

Product owner & online redacteur 2011 - Present

As business IT liaison ("functioneel beheerder") at CNV Vakmensen I manage and develop mission-critical tools for our organisation: our websites, our communication platform, our apps. I translate business needs into concise user stories for our development team and mediate between business and IT.

Gavin Friday

Online manager 1995 - Present

Website management, online promotion and web care for the Irish singer and composer Gavin Friday.


Owner, Blogger 2017

Dutch language Japan travel blog.


  • Product management (SCRUM)
  • Content management
  • CSS
  • HTML5

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