|The year was 1996. I was 17 years old. There was no such thing as Google. 90% of all content was provided by AOL and Compuserve. There was no federal regulation, no www or http standards. Websites were collected and printed in a printed internet version of the Yellow Pages. It was the wild west of the internet, and it’s where I made my first website.
I would dial in on my 56k baud modem to the University of Minnesota, where GOPHER was the language of the day. I learned in the middle of the night, since long distance charges applied. My page had an animated gif of sea monkeys waving, that I had downloaded from a BBS. It was titled, “Howdy, Jive Turkeys!” The only people who saw it were me and my dad.
This year, over 10 million people visited my most recent site design for the city of Indianapolis as we hosted the Super Bowl. I’d say that’s a decent improvement.