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Web Site History
by Matt Wall

Site Timeline
I never kept a metatimeline, but I may be able to
find some archived versions on one of the old server dumps. Here's the basic
timeline off the top of my head

1985 -- I started an Embarrassment discography from liner notes and disc
information, circulated it in typed format - this was largely an attempt to
track down material, which had not been catalogued anyplace convenient, but
then became a form of evangelism for the band.

1986 -- put first version of this discography on a BITNET file transfer
server at Swarthmore College, PA. The first year there were fewer than 10
requests for the file.

1988ish -- established public ftp server access, hosted at Brandeis
University, MA. Transferred back to Swarthmore College in 1990. Site
included some article scans in addition to the discography.

1991 - hosted on a Gopher site and FTP site simultaneously. Gopher was off
my (Matt Wall's) personal tree at Swarthmore gopher site.

1992 - first World Wide Web version set up on a Physics department server at
Swarthmore College.

1994 - Embarrassment web site appears in Jerry and Dave's Guide to the
Internet (which became the basis for Yahoo). Initially it was the only band
site listed.

1995 - major re-write and expansion of site material, site moved to Carnegie
Mellon University off my personal web page space.

1996 - embarrassment.org domain established, hosted off-site by the Data
Haven Project through 2009.

2009 - a site revamp is instigated by Bill Goffrier, building on the previous Matt Wall site and adding more material.

Nostalgic for Matt's previous version of the site,
we've archived the whole site here

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