Remember Gopher, the document and retrieval network protocol designed for the Intenets?

We do. Sort of. It’s right up there with the user friendly CompuServe email address (90323.18574@compuserve.com) we had around the same time we first went online.

Back then, people said everyone could share produce online content. All you needed was a little hyperlink referencing.

Kind of like what people say today, but instead of relying solely on hyperlink referencing, we have RSS, embedding, API’s, Web Services, and a host of other means to slice, dice and mash-up everything and anything that comes in ones and zeros.

Chris Wilson remembers all this too. He’s worked on Web browsers since 1993 and worked on Microsoft’s Web platforms for the past 13 years.

Here he takes us through his days of posting a page in the mid-90s on GeoCities about how to create a digeridoo, and how he still receives monthly emails.

This is a jumping off point for a discussion on the Long Tail and its importance to content and content’s relevance today.

More importantly, he walks us through the early days of the Web, the advent of key technologies to bring it to where it is now, and finally, to where it will be in the future.

About Chris Wilson

Chris Wilson is the group program manager of the Internet Explorer Platform at Microsoft. He’s worked on web browsers since 1993, when he co-authored the first version of NCSA Mosaic for Windows. Since 1995, he’s worked on Microsoft’s web platform. In this 13-year-running saga, he’s inflicted good (first implementation of Cascading Style Sheets in IE) and bad (overlapping <b> and <i> tags) on the world, and figures his karma will be even by 2012 the way he’s going.

In his free time, he enjoys photography and hiking with his wife and one-year-old daughter, and scuba diving in the chilly waters of Puget Sound as a PADI Assistant Instructor. With any free money, he replaces the cameras he’s destroyed by taking them underwater for dive photography. Occasionally he remembers to share his thoughts on his blog.