NPR discovers the Internet — 20 years later

npr internet 1994 and iTunes podcasts

Twenty years ago today, the entire National Public Radio staff received a memo describing the Internet, and offering email accounts to everyone. In 1994 the Web had been layered atop the existing Internet, but still competed with Gopher, an earlier non-commercial search and directory service.

The NPR memo was mostly about using the Internet for person-to-person communication, and did not hint at the content and publishing opportunities that would eventually become apparent.

Zoom forward 20 years, and NPR dominates archived and downloadable content, as illustrated in the top-10 podcast chart of iTunes.

Brad Hill