Part 1 of The Web at 25, my look back at the first quarter-century of all things www, left off with both the Web and myself at the peak of an awkward adolescence in early 1995.
This is where things start to get really interesting.
Data nerds who shunned the Web when Tim Berners-Lee first demonstrated it in the United States in 1991 could no longer ignore it mid-decade. After the pioneering Mosaic Web browser launched, the Web saw an annual growth rate in service traffic of 341,634 percent, according to author and early Internet evangelist Robert H. Zakon.
In the span of about two years, Mosaic transitioned from a university-based project to a publicly traded company named Netscape that saw the price of its shares close at more than twice the opening price on their first day of trading in August of 1995. Companies grow up so fast these days, don't they?
From that point, the dot-com bubble began inhaling all the air (and capital) in the room and didn't stop until it left us all with economic Bubble Yum stuck to our faces.
There are millions of stories told about this epic boom, bubble, and bust period. This is mine. … Read more