> Thanks for sharing, I thought this was very cool to see. I am a relatively
> new user to all things “smol” being born shortly after gopher was released.
> Your links brought a few questions to mind regarding the use of gopher
> (and Usenet, Gemini for that matter) for commercial interests. I liked
> seeing Steven Frank promote what is obviously a labor of love on his
> journal, but would it also be acceptable for his company to have a presence
> on gopher? Say a stripped down version of their http site? From what I’ve
> read it seems that gopher is anti-commercial, but I’m trying to better
> understand where the community lands on this.
Gopher wasn't anti-commercial, and in fact UMN tried to monetize (sell) it, if I
You might read up a bit on the history of NSFNet. The details are a bit foggy
to me, but basically the Internet itself was anti-commercial until, I think, the
There were Gopher sites for corporations. I remember one or two that were
relating to news (TV news particularly).
I salvaged what I could in 2007. By then, many sites were offline, but you can
find some commercial sites in my archive:
It was effectively possible to download the entirety of Gopherspace in 2007.
However, I think it would probably be accurate to say that commercial sites were
much less common on Gopherspace than they would shortly be on the web.
Others may have better memories of this era.