The History of the Web is my (Jay Hoffmann) side project. I've been doing it for a few years, and in that time it's become a few different things.

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

The heart and soul of this site is my newsletter and most of the research I do goes into the stories I write for it. Emails go out on the first and third Tuesday of every month with a new post. 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 5 to 10 minutes. Sometimes they're a bit longer.

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

This project began with a timeline. When I first created this site, 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

And now it's an ongoing series at CSS Tricks...

Starting this year, I've been doing something a bit different over at CSS Tricks. I'm writing a regular, more in-depth column that gathers all the spiraling threads of history and tells the full story of the web — chapter by chapter — from the beginning. Each chapter focuses on a single theme, with new chapters every month or two.

Explore the chapters

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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