Wednesday, April 14, 2010

15 Years of Pobox: The Wired article that got it all started!

Do you recognize this magazine cover?



If so, you might be one of our very first customers! The May 1995 issue of Wired magazine included the following sidebar in first page of the Scans section:

Email Trail

A new service called pobox.com offers an easy-to-remember e-mail address that you can use for the rest of your life (or the life of the company, anyway.) For example, any mail sent to mengwong@pobox.com is forwarded to pobox.com founder Meng Weng Wong's CompuServe account (71552.1674@compuserve.com). This way, if you switch online services, you don't need to message everyone you know informing them of your new e-mail address -- just e-mail your new information to pobox.com. --Mark Frauenfelder Price information: pobox@pobox.com, http://pobox.com/pobox/signup.cgi


Well, Meng's CompuServe address is long gone, but you can still email him at mengwong@pobox.com. And for those of you who took the chance that "the life of the company" was going to be a timespan that was useful to you, a very hearty thank you.

7 comments:

  1. That's this article which made me choose Pobox too.
    I was reading the article in the English garden, next to Geneva's lake.

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  2. I joined after reading an article in The Guardian in 1998. I've lost count of how many email accounts I've had since, but my Pobox identity remains.

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  3. Bingo! I not only have this Wired issue, but I have the poster of the cover that Wired issued in late 1995. I joined Pobox in 1996 once a friend at U Penn recommended it to me and that was it. Member since 1996!

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  4. I do remember reading the article but I am not sure it's after signing-up (in May 1995) pobox.com or after. Can someone at pobox.com tell me (han) my sequence number as one of the early customers?

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  5. Unfortunately I didn't see this article back in 1995. I was a Bigfoot (also forwarding service) user but decided to switch to Pobox 10 years ago.
    Probably the best computer related issues decision I have made!

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  6. I don't remember how I found out about pobox.com, but my wife and I joined in March, '95. Good thing about joining early: huge choice of usernames (julie@, neil@).

    Am I right that it was being run from a dorm room?

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    1. The servers weren't located there, but yes, a dorm room was our first "office"!

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