The New York Times Magazine once decided that the first blog to appear on the internet was links.net where Justin Hall, at the time a student, kept links that seemed interesting to him.

links.net started in 1994 and is still active to this day Justin Hall narrates his life, his meetings and we can see witness him the evolution of the web and the speed at which it expanded.

At that time, a blog was called a “Personal Web Page”, it is not until 1997 that the term weblog appeared on the site Robot Wisdom.

Hall has made a documentary about his time online, overshare: the links.net story.


“Starting in 1994, my personal web site Justin’s Links from the Underground has documented family secrets, romantic relationships, and my experiments with sex and drugs.”

“overshare: the links.net story is a documentary about fumbling to foster intimacy between strangers online. “


SFR has one of the most amazing mailing list archives of West Coast “early Internet/rave” culture in the US – going back to 1992.

To anyone who is deeply interested in the history of this scene, its philosophies, and the kinds of people involved – I’d say this is a must read

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