Early Usenet Posts

By Deane Barker on April 8, 2004

20 Year Archive on Google Groups: Here’s an oldie but a goodie that I stumbled on again today.

Google mined its Usenet archive for the first mention of various events and pop culture icons. For instance, the first mention of Michael Jordan was dated to February 1993 by some guy named “Thurman”:

Well, do I a see a monster brewing in North Carolina? Watching them today I see this freshman Curtis Hunter playing – he looks like a Michael Jordan clone.

From November 1989, we apparently have the very first posting of a pyramid scheme. Three years later we have the first posting that can be traced to an AOL user.

And, if you were lucky enough to stumble on this post in August of 1994, Jeff Bezos might have hired you for a little company he was starting called Amazon.

You must have experience designing and building large and complex (yet maintainable) systems, and you should be able to do so in about one-third the time that most competent people think possible.

Note that in the address to send resumes he uses the original name of the company: “Cadabra,” as in “abracadabra.”

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