WWW at 20; Northfield’s online presence at 15+

NCO web cafe NCO-dec-1996 The World Wide Web is 20 years old this month, though it really wasn’t until the availability of the Mosaic/Netscape browsers in 1994 that plain old citizens could surf the web, a big step up from the U of MN’s Gopher. By late 1994, my LoGroNo colleague Tracy Davis and I and the rest of the gang at Northfield Citizens Online had a web site up at nco.northfield.mn.us, and a year later, we had a full-blown web message board on it that we called the NCO Web Cafe. Tracy finessed the northfield.org domain name away from the Northfield News in March of 2000 and we converted the site to a blog in 2003. On the right is a screenshot of the NCO website from 1996, taken from the Internet Archives Wayback Machine. Note who was Chair. Note the two advertisers. See the Historical Roots of Locally Grown for more.

2 thoughts on “WWW at 20; Northfield’s online presence at 15+”

  1. As a newbie on the NCO board who doubled the average age of the group, I loved seeing those historical roots!

    Thanks and congratulations to all those pioneers.

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