In Pictures: Ahead of their time, 9 technologies that came too soon

Sometimes you build it, and they end up not coming

1991: Gopher In 1992, I discovered this new technology that let you find information on the Internet. I could easily look up information about my college class schedule, find answers to my reference questions, and more, all from my dorm room! The system, called "Gopher," was going to change the way the world worked.

Released around the same time as HTTP, Gopher was another method for organizing and finding documents on the Internet. Though briefly more popular than the Web we know, Gopher, which offered lists of folders and files that look similar to an FTP browser window, lacked the visual flair of the Web. In 1993 the University of Minnesota, which invented the protocol, threatened to start charging for it, and users fled.

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