Every week for over a decade, I wrote a syndicated column for the Press Association. I started writing it while still on the PA staff, and continued after leaving to go freelance. In April 2014, I resigned the gig as I was too busy with my new job at GDS.
This folder of 589 text files contains my (incomplete) archive of everything I wrote for the column. The oldest file is from August 2001 and talks about early efforts by the likes of Homebase and Boots to build online stores.
Together, they’re a patchy, not-always-accurate history of the UK web scene from 2000 to 2014.
A few selected highlights:
- A brief write-up of FaxYourMP December 2000
- Basics of blogging, including Blogger and Greymatter March 2001
- Launch of Mac OS X March 2001
- When Friends Reunited first became a thing July 2001
- Googlewhacking February 2002
- Apple releases Safari v1 January 2003
- “Thank goodness for people like Matthew Somerville” September 2003
- Memepool December 2003
- First (brief) mention of Gmail April 2004
- First mention of Flickr December 2004
- Million Dollar Homepage October 2005
- The death of Ask Jeeves February 2006
- First mention of Twitter November 2006
- Lolcats: “Honestly, it’s funnier when you see the pictures” July 2007
- “Facebook is a community web site…” August 2007