20 Years of IMDB

I just noticed that the Internet Movie Database is claiming that it will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on 17 October this year. That surprised me. Back then, the Web was still some ten months in the future.

Anyway, it turns out that it had started as some lists on Usenet the previous year, and that date marked the first availability of tools allow the by then enormous combined list to be conveniently queried. It hit the web in 1992, which is incredibly early in Internet terms.

Meanwhile, the Wikipedia article mentions that you can change how movie titles are displayed on IMDB, and indeed you can. If you are registered, click on your name at the top right and then choose ‘Update your site preferences’. You can leave it on default or choose English or Original title.

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