Today it's exactly 21 years since MrWeb was officially launched - a traditional coming-of-age here in the UK. In Internet terms, 21 is ancient really, and we'll do a bit of looking backward over the next few weeks, but we also have major plans for the coming year. Details here - and your feedback wanted!
Has a lot changed since November 1998? Well yes, we used to accept job ads by fax and post when we started, we used Word Perfect macros to create the html for ads, we chose jobs for registered candidates manually and of course we promoted the site with ads in paper magazines (one of them appearing the week of the launch, in Research). Mobile phones were still big clunky things that just made phone calls, and the Web was... well to be honest the Web was already great, and full of potential the majority of which has (as of 2019) yet to be realised, in our humble opinion.
Indeed, it's easy to argue that more changed in the previous ten years. On my first day of work after university, by coincidence exactly thirty-one years ago today, I was sat in a room (at IFF's Argyll Street office next to Oxford Circus), with a table, a chair, pen and paper, a phone and a copy of Yellow Pages, and told to ring fuel oil suppliers in the North West, ask for their MDs and 'chat' about their business without saying who it was for - god help me, I was terrified.
Point is, research staff had no computers and paper was stacked floor to ceiling in most rooms. Now that's different. 1998 seems modern by comparison.
Nevertheless, 21 years is a long time. We've published 152,000 job ads and nearly 29,000 news articles, and gone from a UK-based job site to a global business we describe as 'The MR World's Daily Paper' - paper, as in newspaper, still sums it up nicely to me even though we've never really put things in print. Next year is actually shaping up to be exciting, with major plans including:
All articles 2006-21 written and edited by Mel Crowther and/or Nick Thomas unless otherwise stated.