Hey! 2013 marks the 20th year of this business--I hung out my shingle on March 15, 1993! I can hardly believe it myself. To commemorate this crazy milestone, I’ll be publishing special anniversary content all year.
But first, let’s establish what the world was like back in the 90s when I started this enterprise:
- Here’s a list of albums (yes, they were still called that then) released in 1993 from BuzzFeed.
- It was hard to imagine a device more space-age and useful than the phone-fax-answering machine; we had this model. (Somewhere, former intern Carolyn Evans is having flashbacks.) Faxing was the "fast" way to share files with most clients.
- AOL was cool, Dogpile was the favored search engine and Netscape Navigator was the top consumer browser (because the Internet was still pretty new). Even most of our large corporate clients didn't have email, or used it only internally. Websites were a rarity.
- This set of AT&T ads foreshadows some kick-ass technology to come. Most of it was already in development, sure, but it seemed really crazy to most of us then.
- President Obama was a community organizer who *might* run for office in this 1993 interview, also from BuzzFeed.
- And the Carolina men's basketball team won another National Championship.
So here's to 20 years. Thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!