I would probably describe Archipelago as a group blog. It was a computer-based system that allowed about a dozen members to regularly post short essays and whimsical observations. Each member had his or her own icon which appeared next to timestamped postings which contained pictures, sounds, and hyperlinks. All pretty standard except for one thing: the year was 1988." The archives of Archipelago
show a glimmer of what the social web was to become over the next two decades. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla
on Sep 16, 2013 -
Back in the far distant past of the internet (round about 1993, it seems), back when Usenet was actually a bunch of popular discussion groups, the newsgroup alt.gothic had a simple post made by one Yohaun, a short list of translations of the phrase "Oh my god! There's an axe in my head!". Responses contributed translations in more languages. Now, nearly 20 years later, this list continues to exist and grow
. [more inside]
posted by hippybear
on Jul 17, 2012 -
The first mention of AIDS on Usenet
was in the net.singles group back on December 20, 1982. In it, seven people grasp for information about the disease -- how it's transmitted, how long it takes to start to show symptoms, and what those symptoms could be. It's a window both into the early days of AIDS knowledge and
the early days of the Internet, and a fine example of people using 'net-based community groups to acquire information and ask questions.
posted by delfuego
on Dec 1, 2002 -
Does anyone remember when Patrick shut down his picture archive? Does anyone remember
the picture archive? Oh, the topless porn. ....but Iuma
is still around from that era. Lets reminisce.
posted by tomplus2
on Dec 15, 2001 -
Cringely's insight deepens
with this new article on Excite@Home
's troubles. Is broadband here to stay? If so, is it going to go anywhere? Three years from now, what will the options be and what kind of performance can be expected?
posted by bloggboy
on Aug 31, 2001 -
Blast from the past
Oh, those halcyon days of text-based real-time chat, before there was a Web. (I'm catching up on my link quotient....)
posted by rschram
on Dec 10, 2000 -
Yes, Virginia, there was life before the Internet...
...but nobody's bothered to archive it yet. Thanks to those wacky .edu's, there's a fair amount of historical data out there, but if you're hoping the newspapers who charge for archive "reprints" will have material from the '40s, the '60s or even the '80s, you're still better off going to the library and flipping through microfiche
(bet that's the first time THAT word's been used on MetaFilter). I hesitated blogging this story here until I saw how the Internet History Timeline
caught some people by surprise... Yes, even we MetaFilterers are sitting on the shoulders of Giants (and a few of us are old enough to remember "They Might Be Giants" as a movie starring George C. Scott
posted by wendell
on Jul 24, 2000 -