Thursday, 20 July 2017

postheadericon N-Georgia.com History

The beginnings of N-Georgia.com predates the internet and started as a hobby. In 1990,  when dial-up connections provided data connections, GEM was first in Georgia to provide information services about activities in the state. GEM stood for "Georgia Electronic Magazine", provided 6 dialup phone lines that allowed access to a graphical interface for searching information about recreational activities in Georgia. The original idea for the site came from Sandra Earon and her love of family outdoor activities in Georgia. She wanted to share these activities with other Georgians.

 


In 1992 the first web browser, Netscape, appeared and Sandra began upgrading the dialup site to use this new graphic browser. Early versions displayed nothing more than pictures and text together. Sites were basic, and hand written in HTTP. The availability of the browser was an improvement over text sites with FTP access to pictures and traffic grew. By 1998, web interfaces had advanced to the point that Sandra created the first Georgia websites to promote activities in our state. N-Georgia.com was born and accessable through the internet!


Over the years, N-Georgia.com content has continued to grow, and along with it, visitor traffic. In 2010 more than 1.5 million visits to the website viewed 3.8 million pageviews. More than 93 percent of these visitors live right here in Georgia. On average, a visitor spends almost 17 minutes a visit browsing for family activities in Georgia.  This year traffic to the website has increased 35 percent over the same time period in 2010.