The online world left no physical tracks. This meant that a permanent record was nearly impossible to keep because hard disks were small and CD and DVD writers were not yet invented. When technology advanced, everyone raced to implement it. A new version would appear online, and the old very likely would be lost forever.

It appeared to me that the history of a new medium—one that I believed could be nearly as important as the invention of the printing press—was being lost. That was the impetus for The Online Timeline. Starting in 1990, I captured screen shots almost daily. I tracked events and accumulated hundreds of clips from print media. In 1998 I had the idea for the timeline and spent months in libraries and on LexisNexis searching print archives to piece together the early years.

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