How The Internet Was Like In 1994
Posted on 24th April, 2007
I think I first heard about the Internet and how people were using emails to contact each other in 1992 but I’ve never really used it until 1995. Back then the email interface in my University was still in text based, so did chatting which used Telnet.
I remember I downloaded Doom and Duke Nukem – the first person shooter games and installed it on my department computer lab without the knowledge of the lecture.
Me and my friends stayed at the lab till midnight playing games – well that was fun.
I used NetScape browser (Mosaic) to surf the young Internet. It was the age of discovery and innocence. Everybody was still experimenting with this new medium. I was astonished to find that I could actually chat with someone from the other side of the globe in real time when I first discovered IRC. Since I was not studying IT, this self discovery became a lot more interesting.
Google as we know it today didn’t exist. Alta Vista, Infoseek, Exite, Hotbot Nothern Light and Yahoo were among the most popular search engines. Blog has yet to be invented.
Anyway, here’s a video from 1994 which was an original footage from what was supposed to be the first conference about Internet marketing and making money on the web.
The public Internet as we know it was just one year old. Netscape was founded in the same year. The description of the video reads
In November 1994, Internet commercialization pioneer Ken McCarthy organized the first conference ever held that focused exclusively on the commercial potential of the web. This rare footage, which documents the very earliest days of the web industry, is an important artifact in the history of technology. After introductory remarks by Ken, Marc Andreessen, the 23 year old co-founder of Netscape, describes how the first web browser came into being and shares his vision of the future of the network which was destined to change the world forever.
Watching the video left me feel a little nostalgic. Perhaps what the speakers said look like common sense to us now but in 1994, it was a groundbreaking ideas.
Ken McCarthy got most things right except a few where he said business cannot exist on the Internet alone. According to him having a pure Internet based business without a presence in the physical world was ridiculous. We know now that’s not true.
If you are making money from AdSense, you are essentially running a pure Internet based business.
He also mentioned how AOL stated to rent their mailing list – perhaps the start of the age of spamming.
I wonder how the Internet will look like 10 years from now.
PS: The video is about 71 minutes long.