The Jargon File

Great Internet Explosion

The period when the internet went from being a geek paradise, to a mainstream cess pit.

This happened around 1993/4 in the US and in the late 90's in the UK.  What with the network being world wide, you wouldn't think it mattered much, but it did.

With the lack of any really good search engine (even the worst search engines of today is good by the standards of those days) you mostly found your way around the web by taking links from people you knew, and by click hopping from these places as starting points.  

While a lot of the web was international that early, this also resulted in safe pockets of mostly-geek hold outs before the whole thing was eventually ruined and we had to start again.
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