WWW First Banner Ad (unconfirmed)

7:50 am General

So you might be wondering what cosmic even has occurred to give me time to write in my blog. Well, I woke up at 3 AM and couldn’t get back to sleep so at 4 AM I decided to go into work. I’ve written up 3 reports much like TPS reports and responded to all my e-mail and made a couple of East-coast calls. I’ve caught up on all my RSS feeds. Now I find myself with 18 minutes before people start to drag themselves into work.

The First WWW Banner Ad
I have no idea if this is even legit but I have no reason to doubt it. Supposedly in 1994 HotWired decided to make money from their website and created the concept of banner ads.

AT&T was supposedly the first to dish over some money to HotWired to display the beast they created, a 468 x 60 banner that came to life on October 25 1994.

I don’t remember when ad banners started up on the web, I guess it was just a gradual thing. I do remember that CNN was so into ads that both the left and right columns were nothing but. I DO remember when ads became animated and when they started being done in Flash (punch the Monkey!). I also remember when pop-ups started and when they switched to pop-unders.

Just as a side note, I have to write a weekly report descriping everything that my IT department did–successes, problems, status, etc. If anyone can think of a title for that report that would have the initials TPS I would love to use it. Just leave me a comment.

2 Responses

  1. Seth Says:

    Termed Personnel Status?

    Incidentally, I’ll always remember when they started doing these new goddamned anywhere-onclick popups. :-(

  2. Matt Says:

    Technical Priority Summary?

    Yurg. Pop-ups. Evil.

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