The World Wide Web is 25 years old – Timeline

Top 10 Web Political Moments

dolekemp19961. First Candidate to have a Web site – Senator Dianne Feinstein (1994)
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) became the first political candidate to have a Web site, permanently changing the way politicians raise money, organize volunteers, and interact with voters.

2. The Drudge Report Breaks Lewinsky Scandal (1998)
The Drudge Report, a little-known, one-man news site, beat the mainstream media on one of the decade’s biggest stories when it broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal online. The Drudge scoop paved the way for the blogging revolution and foreshadowed future online blog coups like the downfalls of Dan Rather and Trent Lott.

3. Nader Trader (2000)
Ralph Nader and Al Gore supporters in different states used sites like and VoteSwap2000 to swap votes in order to help Gore receive enough votes to win the Electoral College. It became a symbol of how the Internet can be used in innovative, novel ways to challenge the traditional political system.

4. First Internet voting – France/Arizona (2000)
Tens of thousands of voters in Arizona and France logged onto their computers to vote legally for the first time via the Internet in March 2000.

5. JibJab – “This Land” (2004)
“This Land” an animation featuring a John Kerry/George W. Bush duet, became the Internet’s first hugely popular political parody – enjoying three times the combined traffic of the actual candidates’ sites.

6. Text Messaging Sparks Ukraine’s Orange Revolution (2004)
Protestors during Ukraine’s Orange Revolution used the Internet and cell phones to circumvent state-run media and mobilize massive protests, inspiring similar movements in countries like Lebanon, and giving democracy around the world a much-needed shot in the arm.

7. The Howard Dean “Scream” (2004)
The television clip of Howard Dean’s infamous “scream” after his 3rd place finish in the Iowa caucuses was shared on thousands of websites and spread via email becoming the biggest political viral video of the pre-YouTube era.

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A alternative timeline of the rise of the Internet and social media in American politics:

1994: Senator Diane Feinstein, Democrat of California, put up the first campaign web site.

1996: Republican nominee Bob Dole gave the wrong URL for his website during a nationally televised debate. He didn’t seem to suffer from the gaffe, which suggested how peripheral Internet politics was to a campaign at the time.

1998: The Minnesota campaign of independent Jesse Ventura featured email.

2000: GOP presidential candidate John McCain showed candidates could raise money online and use the Internet to disseminate political news and information.

2002: Interest groups and advocacy organizations put up websites for the midterm elections. Many voters turned to the Internet to get political information.

2004: Howard Dean’s presidential campaign used blogs to generate voter interest, recruit, motivate volunteers and change the interplay between citizens and campaigns.

2006: Online videos rose during the midterm elections, highlighted by Virginia Republican George Allen’s macaca video. Pre-recorded telephone calls soliciting votes, known as robo-calls, appeared in political campaigns.

2008: Social media tools were used including candidate Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, texting services and others. The New York Times said Barack Obama was the first presidential candidature to truly understand social media.

2010: Campaigners and voters relied heavily on social networking sites, such as Twitter, and innovation in mobile media.

Via Pew Research

Timeline: 25 years of the World Wide Web

Though just 25 years old, the World Wide Web’s short life can be understood in stages. It’s often used synonymously as the Internet. But the Internet is the network connecting computers globally. The Web is built on top of it, a way to access and share information (think Web pages) over the Internet.

Here are the key elements of the World Wide Web’s life so far:

BIRTH: On March 12, 1989, Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper for his employer for a way to keep and access documents even after employees leave. His boss at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland, described the idea as “vague but exciting.”

FIRST STEPS: Berners-Lee began to implement the idea and named the project the “World Wide Web” (other names considered were Information Mesh, Mine of Information, and Information Mine). Using a NeXT computer, he created the code and first standards for the Web and published the first website.

In a 2007 interview, Berners-Lee said: “Most of the technology involved in the Web…had all been designed already. I just had to put them together.”

BROWSER YEARS: Mosaic wasn’t the first Web browser, but it was widely downloaded after it launched in 1993 and was considered the first to make the Internet accessible.The following year, Mosaic’s competitor, Netscape Navigator was released.

In the same year, Yahoo, which made the Internet more accessible and usable, is founded.

COMMERCIAL WEB: These were the years of the dot-com boom with the rise of the commercial Web. In 1995, eBay, known then as Echo Bay, launched, as did Amazon. HotMail came along the following year. And then, in 1998, Google was born. But many other dot-com companies died during the bust in 2000 when the Nasdaq lost 10 percent of its value in a single day. They include Webvan and

SOCIAL WEB: First there was MySpace, which launched in 2003 and quickly became popular. In 2004, Facebook was hatched, but opened at first only for college students. YouTube allowed people everywhere to watch and upload videos, but it rattled Hollywood. Twitter, born in 2006, gave people a new platform to broadcast their thoughts to a wide audience.

THE MOBILE REVOLUTION: With the 2007 unveiling of Apple’s iPhone, the advent of the mobile Web begins, as people use mobile networks to access apps, messaging and other uses.

Via – Mercury News


Editors Note:

Politisite was a pioneer in internet political news gathering and dissemination.  Politisite came live in early 1998 (stand alone in 2001) and became one of the first internet only news source to cover local, state, and national political campaigns, debates  and elections.  Before there were the terms blog, blogger, new media and crowd-sourcing,  before Daily Kos (2002), the Huffington Post (2005), or  The Politico (2006),  Politisite was developing what has become the standard in political news coverage long before most political sites were even conceived. The Name ‘Politisite” simply means Political Website.

I guess one could say Politisite began. “not with a bang but a whimper.” Some may conclude that we remain as such today.

On April 1st 2014 Politisite will be 16 years old, We would like to say Happy Birthday to the entity that allowed it to happen some 25 years ago…. The World Wide Web

Here is our Top Listicle of sites that transformed politics on the Internet:

  1. The Free Republic (1996)
  2. Drudge Report (1996)
  3. Political Wire (1999)
  4. Instapundit (2001)
  5. Power Line (2002)
  6. Top of the Ticket  (2007)
  7. Andrew Breitbart (1969-2012)


About Albert N. Milliron 6991 Articles
Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate. Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

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