The Rise and Fall of the Gopher Protocol

Ah, I’m feeling old and nostalgic: the rise and fall of the Gopher protocol. “In the years that followed, the future seemed obvious. The number of Gopher users expanded at orders of magnitude more than the World Wide Web. Gopher developers held gatherings around the country, called GopherCons, and issued a Gopher T-shirt — worn by MTV veejay Adam Curry when he announced the network’s Gopher site. The White House revealed its Gopher site on Good Morning America. In the race to rule the internet, one observer noted, ‘Gopher seems to have won out.'”