So, as I mentioned in part three, Yahoo!, WebCrawler, Lycos, and other search engines became huge in the mid-1990s. More and more ordinary people began to surf the web for the very first time, and those services made the web friendly and accessible. I can imagine how I would have felt those days if I had to continue web surfing by finding random URLs from Prodigy Online. Back in 1994, the WWW was so new and exciting, and I would visit random webpages just to see how everything worked.
If you've missed previous posts in my 'A Brief History of the Web' series, here they are:
- A Brief History of the Web- Part one...
- A Brief History of the Web- Part two...
- A Brief History of the Web- Part three...
Well, if necessity is the mother of invention, capitalists will go on inventing with dollar signs in their eyes.
Does anyone here remember GeoCities? Geocities launched in 1995 as Beverly Hills Internet. Users could host their webpages in 'cities' that were vaguely related to the users' content, all with Los Angeles/Hollywood related names, such as 'Baja', 'WestHollywood', 'SunsetStrip', etc. As BHI quickly grew in popularity throughout 1995, they changed their name to Geocities. Here's what Geocities.com's homepage looked like, way back when:
And here's Angelfire's old login screen, the one I remember using when I was twelve. Memories!