First Post on How We Got To Here

Very pleased to announce a new client: I will be writing regular posts for the web site How We Got To Here, which accompanies the TV Series and book of the same name. My first post there is a history of Gopher, an Internet protocol that almost beat the Web.

titleGopher, one of the early rivals of Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web for storing and indexing data, was once a legitimate competitor in the struggle toward establishing a de facto standard for using the Internet. But we don’t talk about “digging in Gopherspace” anymore — instead, we “browse the web”.

So, what happened to Gopher? How did this promising protocol become all but obsolete?



Richard Baguley has been writing about technology for over 20 years. He has written for publications such as Wired, Macworld, USA Today, Amiga Format and many others.

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