Monday, April 06, 2015

Interview on early Amazon personalization and recommendations in late 1996 in mid-1997
I have a long interview with the Internet History Podcast mostly about Amazon around 1997, especially the personalization, recommendation engine, and data-driven innovations at Amazon, and the motivation behind them.

I think the interview a lot of fun. It gives a view of what Amazon was like way back when it was just a bookstore only in the US, had just one webserver, and we barely could keep the website up with all the growth.

Lots of history of the early days of the web, well before CSS and Javascript, before cookies were even widely supported, and before scale out, experimentation and A/B testing, and large scale log analysis were commonplace.

Give the podcast a listen if you are interested in what the Web looked like back in 1997 and the motivation behind Amazon's personalization and recommendations.


Greg Linden said...

If you like the podcast, you might also be interested in my old Early Amazon series of blog posts.

Brian McCullough said...

Thanks for doing it, Greg! Rocketed to the top 10 of our most downloaded episodes. Such great feedback as well!