Posted: Friday, January 16, 2004
Alto Online helps celebrate 10 years of online publishing
Ten years may seem like
a long time, but in terms of computers and the Internet, it really
isn’t. It was a time before the Pentium
or Power PC processors, before 14.4 kbps modems, before Google or Yahoo
or eBay, and before Netscape or Internet Explorer.
On January 19, 1994, the Palo Alto Weekly ventured onto the Internet’s
World Wide Web making history as the first newspaper in the world to
publish its entire editorial content to this new medium. Announcing
that the postings “may be a little rough around the edges until
February” the Weekly made a commitment to “posting both
weekly editions to the network from now on.”
Palo Alto Weekly Home Page, January 19, 1994.
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this link to see the actual page.)
With the help and resources of Palo Alto-based Internet Distribution
Services, then a start-up Internet consulting firm, the Weekly
was able to post each edition of the paper online in a timely
online presence of the Weekly remained basically unchanged
In September 1996,
the Weekly announced “a major expansion
of its online publishing activities” when it unveiled Palo Alto
Online, touted as “a focal
point for local information”.
"Palo Alto Online took
our concept of what a community newspaper is all about and extends
it to the World Wide Web," said Palo Alto
Weekly publisher Bill Johnson in 1996.
In addition to content created for Palo Alto Online, it carried
(and still carries) featured electronic links to the
Web sites of local
organization, the complete online archive of the Palo
Alto Weekly, and news and information from the local area.
First Palo Alto Online Home Page,
September 25, 1996.
(Click for larger version.)
Palo Alto Online has grown
to become the home for the mid-Peninsula’s
largest online local home guide, the news, online archives
and classifieds of its three sister newspapers (the Palo Alto Weekly,
View Voice and The Almanac), MovieScreener where you
can search and read movie reviews, Pizazz (an section where you can
find local offers
from businesses), and a local restaurant review search.
One of the newest features to Palo Alto Online is the Master
Community Calendar where organizations can list calendar
by date and/or event, the Master Community Calendar allows
people to schedule
events either in the near term or as a “Save the date” event
for the future.
beginnings, the online presence of the Palo Alto Weekly through Palo
Alto Online continues to grow. In 2002,
Online won Second Place for Best Web Site for weekly newspapers
California Newspaper Publishers Association and topped
over 1.2 million page
views to the home page for 2003 and receiving well over 150,000
unique users per month.
Find out more about PaloAltoOnline.com.