Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 13th Aug 2016 09:52 UTC
Internet & Networking

In the years that followed, the future seemed obvious. The number of Gopher users expanded at orders of magnitude more than the World Wide Web. Gopher developers held gatherings around the country, called GopherCons, and issued a Gopher T-shirt - worn by MTV veejay Adam Curry when he announced the network's Gopher site. The White House revealed its Gopher site on Good Morning America. In the race to rule the internet, one observer noted, "Gopher seems to have won out."

Well, things turned out a little differently. Sadly, we tend to only remember the victors, not the ones lying in a ditch by the side of the road to victory.

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Gopher vs Web
by mdsama on Sat 13th Aug 2016 12:47 UTC
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Interesting article! There doesn't seem to be one simple reason for Gopher's decline, but it sounds like incompetent university administrators and porn were two of the big ones. I wonder if we could have ended up with a less advertising-based internet... That's probably unlikely, but it still could have ended up looking quite a bit different - and maybe even been more elitist and old-media, in a way, rather than the tabloid instincts of the Web.

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