23 Years of Usenet on Google

Google has an archive of Usenet postings since 1981. Google has a page full of memorable moments from twenty years of postings.

  1. First mention of the term “search engine” was in March 1988.
  2. Linus Torvalds’ Linux announcement
  3. First post from an AOL account was in May 1992, almost three years after the first mention of AOL.
  4. Yahoo! and Lycos mentioned in December 1994.
  5. Altavista announced in December 1995.

Lots of interesting reading and a reminder I have not yet been to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. I plan to attend the Steve Case and Walt Mossberg event on Wednesday night for another good history lesson.