The Web Before There Were Graphics

Have you ever wondered what the web used to look like long before the browser wars? Today, another developer in my office reminded me of how we used to see the web twenty years ago. Back then, Google hadn’t been envisioned yet and Yahoo! was just a couple hundred or so links indexed by hand. And Yahoo! wasn’t Yahoo!. It was still just “Jerry’s guide to the world wide web” at the time. The Internet was barely in use and mostly just within the walls of colleges and universities. This, my friends, was the World Wide Web in 1994.

Today’s Yahoo! in 1993’s Lynx Browser

It was just text and not many sites to browse, but my college lunch hours were spent happily discovering content from around the world. As great as it was, I was elated to welcome the SLIP and PPP connections that joined forces with the first graphical browsers so offer a WWW with images and that I could browse with a mouse. Yahoo quickly became much easier to use.

Yahoo! in 1994 in Netscape

As you’re aware, we’ve come a long way since then. We watch videos, search billions of web pages in an instant, share photos and listen to music, not only from feature-rich web browsers at our desks, but also from our phones. It’s amazing how far we’ve come and leaves me optimistic for what the future of web technology holds.

Yahoo! Today in Chrome

Do you remember your first time online. Get nostalgic and comment below with your first internet experience. What site (or news group, for that matter) was it and when? Better yet, click the Facebook share button below and include your story.

Author: Joe Colburn

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13 thoughts on “The Web Before There Were Graphics”

  1. Good ol’ netscape…wow that brings back memories. lol. I was thinking about the Welcome to MSN.com screen. Everything looked the same for pete sakes. Things have come a long way and they just keep pushing the limits. I can’t wait for when we do away with conventional monitors and goto…I don’t know – interactive holograms.

  2. Yeah, its right that graphics made the webpage more attractive and easily understand. Graphics make the reader’s interest and keep stay on that page. Now in modern days, there are so many process and methods to use image in the web pages. Great article post and shows the varient in technologies.

  3. Graphics are very important for any website. There are lot of graphics in the website now a days. Graphics keep the reader to that webpage. With the help of graphics, any information is easily understandable. Thanks for the information about Earlier time without graphics. I see yahoo website without graphics for 1st time in your website.

  4. First web experience for me was likely on my 486, using NCSA Mosaic under Window 3.1 – I can’t remember what the “first site” I saw was (probably the NCSA site!) – all I do know was that at the time, I thought “this stinks” and went back to telnet sessions, pine, and gopherspace (veronica and archie rule!)…lol. Damn, I’m old!

  5. Yes, progress has really progressed, my first computer in 1984, a Luxor ABC 800 office version, 32KB RAM, what a machine we said then, today we laugh about it and wish we had saved it. I still have my first commendor gaming computer, nostalgia.

  6. I remember those but the one that really brought it back was the Netscape, I had that service and it is amazing to think of all the advances that have come about.  I still remember playing Kings Castle on the Apple IIGS

  7. That was the amezing experience when I logged in to the yahoo website. After some months, My account was temporarly termainted because I dont logged in again for a long time. So this article is really nice and memories are back.

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