A website. Literally, a website dedicated to the letter ‘A’
It will revolutionize academia, they said. It will streamline the workplace, they said. Then Kenny Z launched a web page that listed each of his 30,000 CDs. Thanks, Kenny.
The web is “a ridiculous cloverleaf to nowhere,” wrote The Washington Post in 1997. While the year before, The New York Times noted, “Hell is not just other people, it’s other people’s home pages.”
And back then, they were largely right.
In 1995, CompuServe first offered a service that allowed people to create their own websites. More than 35,000 people downloaded the software in the first 10 days. One of those may have been a man named Stuart Roberts, whose page read succinctly: “Hello, I am Stuart Roberts. I have big feet.”
These early home pages, some dedicated to little more than bromidic personal confessions, forecasted the inevitable future of social media. Stuart Roberts’ big feet could well have been the subject of his first egocentric tweet, 10 years later. Yes, mid-90s websites suffered from naive individuality, and betrayed the comparatively claustrophobic experimentation of the early web. Entire websites dedicated to CD catalogs and the exquisite symmetry of the pound symbol now form the brittle backbone of sites like Buzzfeed, which combed Tumblr for ideas which Tumblr stole from blogs which evolved from the first websites, many of which were painfully worthless.
Much more HERE
(surprised my website was not on this list! It was a simple site selling herbal remedies!)