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History of the Web

A history of the web, and the incredible people that built it

What's it about?

The History of the Web is my (Jay Hoffmann) side project. I’ve been doing it for a few years, and in that time it’s become a few different things.

The heart and soul of this site is my newsletter and most of the research I do goes into the stories I write for it. Emails go out on the first and third Tuesday of every month with a new post. I end each month with what I’ve been calling my weblog — a collection of web history related links I’ve collected for the month. Most of my posts are pretty short, giving you a snapshot of the web’s history in 5 to 10 minutes. Sometimes they’re a bit longer.

It’s also an evolving timeline that charts the web’s history…

This project began with a timeline. When I first created this site, my goal was to create a detailed timeline that spans the entire history of the web. That journey continues and I add to the timeline on this site frequently. Most of my ideas come from researching for this timeline, and I try to call that out in the posts themselves when I publish them.

It’s also a blog…

I wouldn’t be a good citizen of the web (read: netizen) if I didn’t host all of this on my website. So everything I publish and have published can be found right here. To make things easier to find, I’ve broken everything out into a few categories.

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