The Winding Tale of Neopets
Published: November 15, 1999
Neopets was a massively successful and inclusive digital world, but I think people focus far too much on its advertising […]
Writing About the Web… On the Web
Published: April 18, 1998
People thought a magazine about the web would never work. People thought a magazine about the web on the web would never work. They both did.
GoTo: The Forgotten Search Engine
Published: February 19, 1998
I’ve been digging into the history of search engines and centralized platforms lately. Mostly my goal has been to uncover […]
Why You’d Click on ChickClick
Published: February 1, 1998
When two sisters hit the web with their new idea, it was unlike anything anyone had seen. That one site, ChickClick, inspired so many more and crafted a foundational network of the early web.
A Love Letter to Net.Art
Published: May 21, 1996
In an interview for her book Internet Art in 2004, writer Rachel Greene had this to say about why she felt […]
The Online World of High Taste and Rock Music
Published: December 2, 1995
This is a small chunk of history of rock music on the web. It begins in Santa Cruz. Michael Goldberg […]
eBay, API’s, and the Connected Web
Published: September 3, 1995
There’s this story about Ebay and Pez that used to go around. It goes something like this: Pierre Omidyar, the […]
A Sense of Community: From Newgrounds to MLKSHK
Published: July 6, 1995
Communities on the web often formed around common interests and niches. As they grew, their utility began to shift to more mainstream elements
Discovering the True Meaning of the Web
Published: April 29, 1995
In the late 1980’s, Aliza Sherman moved to New York City and took a job in the music business, helping […]
Salon, Slate, and a History of the Tricky Business of Publishing Online
Published: April 18, 1995
In the first few years of the web’s spread to ubiquity, traditional news publishers moved online. But a new kind of publisher was also born, one that was native to the web, with a whole new set of rules.
The Books That Shaped How We Learn About the Web
Published: March 2, 1995
It might seem strange to talk about books on the web, but when designers first turned to books for a way to learn about the web, Lynda Weinman and Jennifer Robbins showed them the way.
An Ode to Geocities
Published: November 1, 1994
Geocities is likely a site you’ve heard of. It may even have been a site that you used. It’s origin, and the movement it later inspired, is an incredible story of self-expression and serendipity.