Global Network Navigator

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The Global Network Navigator (GNN) was the first commercial web publication and the first web site to offer clickable advertisements.wikipedia
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O'Reilly Media

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GNN was launched in May 1993, as a project of the technical publishing company O'Reilly Media, then known as O'Reilly & Associates.
In 1993 O'Reilly Media created the first web portal, when they launched one of the first Web-based resources, Global Network Navigator.

Tim O'Reilly

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In February 1993, the company's CEO, Tim O'Reilly, authorized a four-person "skunkworks" team, led by Dale Dougherty, and began planning for what would become GNN.
In 1993, the company's catalogue became an early web portal, the Global Network Navigator, which in 1995 was sold to America Online.

Dale Dougherty

In February 1993, the company's CEO, Tim O'Reilly, authorized a four-person "skunkworks" team, led by Dale Dougherty, and began planning for what would become GNN.
Dougherty was the founder, in 1993, and publisher of the Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first web portal and the first site on the internet to be supported by advertising.

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The company then created an online version using ViolaWWW, a web browser that introduced enhanced HTML features such as formatting, graphics, scripting and embedded applets, and demonstrated a kiosk version that was deployed briefly at the Computer Literacy Bookshop in late 1992.
Later, he would be funded by O'Reilly Books, the technical publisher, which used the software to help demonstrate its Global Network Navigator site.

Heller Ehrman

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According to Tim O'Reilly, the first advertiser was Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe, a now defunct law firm with a Silicon Valley office.
In 1993, the first advertisement ever sold on the Internet was sold on the Global Network Navigator (now America On-Line) to Heller Ehrman LLP, and in 1994 Heller Ehrman launched the first law firm website.

Web banner

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(GNN was not, however, the first to do rotating banner ads; that was pioneered by HotWired in October 1994.
The first clickable web ad (which later came to be known by the term "banner ad") was sold by Global Network Navigator (GNN) in 1993 to Heller, Ehrman, White, & McAuliffe, a now defunct law firm with a Silicon Valley office.

Jennifer Niederst Robbins

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Jennifer Niederst was GNN's Art Director and the sole designer for the website.
She designed the web's first commercial site, O'Reilly's Global Network Navigator (GNN).

Ed Niehaus

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Public relations for GNN and its various initiatives was handled by Niehaus Ryan Haller.
NRH provided public relations services to O'Reilly & Associates' experimental web publishing project Global Network Navigator and was the company Yahoo! chose to handle its public image during the period from 1994 to 2000.

Lisa Gansky

Lisa Gansky became vice president and general manager of GNN programming after the sale was completed.
She was the co-founder and CEO of Global Network Navigator (GNN), the first commercial website, which was acquired by America Online (AOL).

AOLpress

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GNN Server, a web page server platform (previously NaviServer) and GNN Editor, an HTML editor (previously NaviPress), were both groundbreaking for their time.
In late 1995, AOL acquired NaviSoft, and the package was renamed "GNNPress", then later "AOLpress", and made available for downloading on AOL's Global Network Navigator site.

Website

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The Global Network Navigator (GNN) was the first commercial web publication and the first web site to offer clickable advertisements.

Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog

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In September 1992, O'Reilly & Associates published the Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog.

Web browser

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The company then created an online version using ViolaWWW, a web browser that introduced enhanced HTML features such as formatting, graphics, scripting and embedded applets, and demonstrated a kiosk version that was deployed briefly at the Computer Literacy Bookshop in late 1992.

Skunkworks project

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In February 1993, the company's CEO, Tim O'Reilly, authorized a four-person "skunkworks" team, led by Dale Dougherty, and began planning for what would become GNN.

Interop

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The website was officially launched in August 1993 at Interop in San Francisco.

Silicon Valley

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According to Tim O'Reilly, the first advertiser was Heller, Ehrman, White and McAuliffe, a now defunct law firm with a Silicon Valley office.

HotWired

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(GNN was not, however, the first to do rotating banner ads; that was pioneered by HotWired in October 1994.

Tidbits

Nor was GNN the first to do Internet advertising in general, since the email newsletter TidBITS pioneered that in July 1992.

First International Conference on the World-Wide Web

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In May 1994, at the First International Conference on the World-Wide Web, GNN was voted the "Best Commercial Site", and was among the top three in three other categories: "best overall sites"; "Most Important Service Concept", and "Best Document Design".

San Jose, California

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The next month, GNN presented its own awards to twelve other websites, as the sponsor of the "Best of the Net" awards at Internet World in San Jose, California.

National Center for Supercomputing Applications

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By year-end, NCSA's "What's New" page, among the most heavily visited web page at the time, was being jointly written by NCSA and GNN, and published both on their websites.

Mastercard

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Advertisers such as MasterCard and Zima paid rates of $110 to $11,000 a week.

Zima (drink)

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Advertisers such as MasterCard and Zima paid rates of $110 to $11,000 a week.

NEARnet

The website was hosted at NEARNET, a project of Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

BBN Technologies

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The website was hosted at NEARNET, a project of Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) of Cambridge, Massachusetts.