Archive of the world’s first online magazine, launched in 1995:
Launched in 1995, Word.com was one of the first-ever online magazines. In an era when the word “blog” hadn’t yet come into existence, Word captured individual voices telling honest, funny, weird, sad, and strange tales with a “realness” that, at the time, was nowhere to be found in mainstream print journalism. Stories were showcased by a colorful, weird, and eclectic digital design that won continuous clumsy negotiations with a technology in its infancy.
By the time Word was shuttered in the year 2000, it had become a repository for writing, music, visual and multimedia art from a list of luminaries too long to mention in a short introductory paragraph. Sadly, because much of Word was built with old timey web applications that no longer exist, the content here only covers the years 1995-1998. The archive from 1998-2000 is in pretty bad shape, with various broken links and missing images and sounds. Happily, we’re in the process of slowly restoring it. In the meantime, please enjoy these screenshots from the later era of Word, where semi-legendary multimedia projects like Sissyfight 2000, Fred the Webmate, Pixeltime, and USA Waste freely roamed the digital universe.
You can go and explore some of this net history here