The History of the Web is a project by me (Jay Hoffmann). It’s a side project that over the years has evolved into a few different things.

It’s a twice-monthly newsletter you can sign up for right here…

Emails go out on the first and third Tuesday of every month with a new story. I end each month with what I've been calling my weblog — a collection of web history related links I've collected for the month. Most of my posts are pretty short, giving you a snapshot of the web's history in under 10 minutes. Sometimes they're a bit longer.

It’s an ongoing timeline that charts the web’s history…

This project began as a personal research project. In doing so, my goal was to create a detailed timeline that spans the entire history of the web. That journey continues and I add to the timeline on this site frequently. Most of my ideas come from researching for this timeline, and I try to call that out in the posts themselves when I publish them.

Here’s a few things I’ve added to the timeline recently.

The Full Timeline

It's also a blog...

I wouldn't be a good citizen of the web (read: netizen) if I didn't host all of this on my website. So everything I publish and have published can be found right here. To make things easier to find, I've broken everything out into a few categories.


Main stories, part of the timeline


Shorter stories, outside timeline

Site Spotlight

The greatest websites in (web) history


Your monthly link roundup, web focused, history adjacent

The Blog Archives

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