Global Network Navigator began in 1994 (as part of O’Reilly and Associates) as a navigation aid for the Web. In June of 1995 AOL bought GNN and it was quickly relaunched to become the first fully integrated Internet service with magazinelike sections on topics such as travel and finance. GNN was the first commercial web publication and the first web site to offer clickable advertisements (banner ads). Members also had access to GNN Internet programs like GNNpress for web page creation and Virtual Places mobile chat software. The GNN service ended in December 1996.
I worked for GNN from 1995 – 1996 and my job included production management, design, and html development (remember the vi editor?!):
- Assistant Manager for a nine person production department. Coordinated weekly content uploads, developed and maintained content on a daily basis, and managed graphic requests.
- Graphic and page designer for GNN and for web sites GNN produced. Member of GNN Home Page design team. Conceptualized, designed and produced weekly changing graphics.
- Chief designer for advertising products.
- Produced weekly advertising on GNN and WebCrawler. Worked with ad traffic team to develop and streamline the ad placement process.
- Acted as a design consultant for third-party advertisers.