But to look back and smirk at the primitive character of the online experience – to snicker at the ‘Jurassic Web’ is to miss the dynamism and to overlook the extraordinary developments that took place online in 1995.
It was a time when the Internet and its World Wide Web showcase went in the words of Vinton G. Cerf one of the fathers of the Internet ‘from near-invisibility to near-ubiquity’.
‘World Wide Web’ was the word of the year the American Dialect Society declared.
Nineteen ninety-five was when the Internet and the World Wide Web moved from the obscure realm of technophiles and academic researchers to become a household word – the year when the Web went from vague and distant curiosity to a phenomenon that would change the way people work shop learn communicate and interact.
By the end of 1995 most Americans had at least heard about the Internet and vaguely understood that it was a worldwide network of interlinked computers.
Everyone seemed to be paying at least some attention to the Internet and many people could recognize a Web address when they saw one.
Although a consciousness about the Internet had taken hold most people in 1995 had yet to go online.