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The earliest on-screen URL

(June 2017)

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RI
Riaz
Back in the old days it was common for programme endcaps to say "Send a SAE to this address". In more recent years on-screen URLs have featured on TV channels. When was the earliest instance of an on-screen URL on any British TV channel?
AN
Andrew Founding member
LL
Larry the Loafer
I'd argue Twitter handles have even started to replace URLs.
WL
W1LL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dM_ruBwYGtg

How catchy.
CR
Critique
Of course on radio there's this from Pete Tong back in 1995:

rdobbie, DE88 and Hazimworks gave kudos
MS
Mr-Stabby
The earliest web plug of any kind I saw was on ITV's Bad Influence in 1994 (End credits 19:35 if the time doesn't work)



Just an email address there, but later in the series the Yorkshire TV website was plugged too (19:26)



Though there are countless episodes of BBC Micro Live that go all the way back to the 1980s where they plugged the various email like services of the time, like British Telecom Gold.
rdobbie, DE88 and Hazimworks gave kudos
VM
VMPhil
I'd argue Twitter handles have even started to replace URLs.

That would be awful, replacing a long-standing open medium with a closed medium from a company that doesn't even know how to run itself.


On a related note, I remember several years back there was a bus stop advert that ran, which simply featured a search box with a search term in it (that I can't remember now). Upon searching said term, the first result was for some internet marketing company. I remember shortly afterwards, it seemed every advertiser was suddenly saying 'search for [insert company name or product]' or instead of directing people to a specific URL. That fad appears to have died off now.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
The datablast was an experiment in sending viewers an obscene amount of information in about thirty seconds or so, as Bad Influence did for a series or maybe two, though how effective this was is up for debate and also depended on whether one had the patience or even a semi-decent recording/machine that allowed one to pause and read stills like this.



There may have been other shows that did datablasts too, looking at the comments of Tom Scott's video.
AN
Andrew Founding member
I had a poor VCR that would judder up and down when paused, so the datablast would annoy me as I couldn't read it

I'd argue Twitter handles have even started to replace URLs.

That would be awful, replacing a long-standing open medium with a closed medium from a company that doesn't even know how to run itself.


On a related note, I remember several years back there was a bus stop advert that ran, which simply featured a search box with a search term in it (that I can't remember now). Upon searching said term, the first result was for some internet marketing company. I remember shortly afterwards, it seemed every advertiser was suddenly saying 'search for [insert company name or product]' or instead of directing people to a specific URL. That fad appears to have died off now.


I'm sure they still say that on Newsbeat.

Of course the concept of a proper extensive programme website has partially died off as well, instead linking to a glorified iplayer page or a facebook page.
SP
Steve in Pudsey
Was it What's up Doc that had a <string of numbers>@compuserve.com email address?
MY
MY83
There may have been other shows that did datablasts too, looking at the comments of Tom Scott's video.


999 was one notable example.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
All compuserve emails were <numbers>@compuserve.com initially, this was the case for many years under them. I think it took the launch in the 1990s of Freeserve and everybody else who gave you internet, email, web space and the kitchen sink all-in for the price of the phone call, and a chance to get a semi-decent email address as opposed to 72928472@compuserve.

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