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An Interactive History of Internet Ad Targeting

Heretofore the domain of artists, academics, technologists, and early adopters, the commercial web evolves when early mammoths like AOL, Compuserve, and Netscape give users an onramp to the information superhighway. The number of websites proliferate, creating a need for search engines.

Traditional media companies pull their audiences—and their advertisers—online and advertisers follow. By 1999 online advertising is a $1 billion industry thanks to brands that buy ad space pretty much like they always did, based on context and audience size, aka site content and high visitor tallies. 

Follow along with us on the journey of internet ad targeting...

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Animation and illustrations by Computer Craphics, Inc.