First Fraternity Website1996
During the 1990s, when the internet gained popularity, staff members saw the opportunity to bring Phi Delta Theta communications and resources to the households of Phi Delt nation. Headed by President and Creative Director of TKO Graphics Tom Gavel, Ringling ’91, a Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters website launched in the fall of 1996 at www.phidelt-ghq.com.
Phi Delta Theta was one of the first fraternity headquarters to develop an internet presence. Like many private companies, fraternities realized the market potential through a website. Creating a website meant Phi Delta Theta could expand on a larger scale. The new technology allowed brothers to tap a short code on a computer and enter a virtual international chapter house, linking Phis across the continent. Information about history, as well as news items, were available. The site included computer links to alumni clubs and chapters with a web page.
In addition to communicating with traditional groups like alumni and undergraduate members, the web page allowed Phi Delta Theta to reach out to parents, high school students, and university officials in previously unavailable ways.