|Categories computer magazines|
First issue October 1994 (1994-10)
Final issue July 2004
Country United Kingdom
Internet Magazine was a monthly print title launched in October 1994 by the UK publishing house, Emap. Its last issue, number 119, was published in July 2004.
Internet Magazine covered almost anything internet-related, as long as there was a consumer or small business slant. It was spun out by Emap Computing out of a now-defunct technical computer networking monthly called Datacom having been proposed by that magazine's then deputy editor Neil Ellul to its publisher Roger Green. The first stand-alone issue of Internet appeared in October 1994 with a lead story focused on how businesses 'took the plunge' by starting up their own websites. Deemed 'the practical guide to what's on and where to go', it listed a showcase of internet content available on the World Wide Web, or by using FTP or the Gopher protocol.
In its early editions it claimed to list all of the websites extant at the time, which numbered just a few hundred.
Gradually, the dot-com boom helped boost the magazine's popularity, and in the late 1990s its pagination quadrupled from 52 pages to more than 200.
Regular features included "Bookmarks of the Rich and Famous", in which a celebrity was asked their favourite websites. Featured celebrities of the day included Kelly Brook, Loyd Grossman, Terry Pratchett, Steve Redgrave and Martine McCutcheon. In 2000, Internet Magazine began hosting a regular 'Movers and Shakers' event which featured 50 of what it deemed the biggest names in the Internet industry. The first event included guests such as Bob Geldof, who had established an internet travel website called Deckchair.com (now part of lastminute.com), as well as lastminute.com's founders, Brent Hoberman and Martha Lane Fox. The last annual Movers and Shakers event was held in 2003.
Layout and content
From 1998 onwards, the magazine was divided into several sections including news, an internet interview, expert help, features and website reviews.
Its accompanying website, www.internet-magazine.com, was launched in 2001, and included daily news, a website of the week and several feature articles.
In 2003, a decision was made to redesign the magazine. A new masthead and font was introduced, and a more conscious decision to make the column layout more flexible.
Regular contributors to the magazine included Angus Kennedy, author of the first few editions of the Rough Guide to the Internet (which initially used content that had appeared in Internet Magazine); Simon Waldman, Director of Digital Publishing at Guardian Newspapers; Lance Concannon; Bill Thompson; Mike Slocombe, founder of the Brixton-based website Urban 75; Sean McManus; Ivan Pope, internet publisher and inventor of the Cybercafe; Richard Dinnick, author and screenwriter; and Daniel Harvey, journalist and publisher of Transport Briefing.