Friday, October 17, 2008

happy b-day IMDB

Today is the 18th Birthday of the Internet Movie Database.

Some of you might be wondering how it is possible for IMDb to be 18 years old when the first web browser wasn’t available until 1991. For that we go to IMDb founder and managing director Col Needham to explain:

On this day in 1990 I published a series of scripts which made lists of credits (collected by a wonderful USENET group called “rec.arts.movies”) searchable. Though the naming was still four years off, the IMDb was, in essence, born. Suffice it to say, however, that since that time IMDb has become more than a list of searchable credits. On top of this bedrock of data we’ve recently added 6,000 full-length feature films and TV episodes which our users can watch for free. We have launched NewsDesk, (which allows news partners to add their news feeds to our site), individual pages for characters, plot synopses, FAQs, parental guides, and many, many more features. We now enjoy the patronage of over 57 million movie and TV lovers each month.

sidebar: i wouldn't have a way to do my job if it weren't for happy b-day you guys.

sidebar 2: i hate being sick.

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