This morning I was reminded about Global Network Navigator and thought about that for the first time in many years, and so I went down a brief rabbit hole reminding myself what that was about.
Global Network Navigator was the first commercial web publication and the first web site to offer clickable advertisements, launched in May 1993 by O’Reilly & Associates. It was an example of a Web portal, which became a big deal later in the 90s, with Yahoo being the most successful. Web portals aggregated news, weather, sports, email, and other useful resources on a single web page, in a pre-Google era when search engines were terrible.
GNN on Wikipedia: “Potential readers [of GNN] were advised that they would need ‘an Internet connection, a World Wide Web (WWW) browser and a universal resource locator for GNN or a local copy of the GNN ‘home page’ (which is available via electronic mail).'”
AOL bought GNN in 1995 and closed it in 1996.
Here’s a history of GNN, optimized for Internet Explorer so good luck with that. I couldn’t get it to work: