Who Coined "SURFING THE WEB" | The Answer is Here
Andrew Mooers wrote a brilliant post about surfing the internet for real estate
In his post Andrew asked the question:
"Was the original computer savvy person that coined the phrase "surf the web" west coast, Maine coast, island born and surfing a big part of his or her life?"
That question got my curiosity juices flowing. Since I lived near San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and there is a lot of surfing going on along the California Coast I thought maybe it came from there, so I decided to do some research to see if I could answer Andrews question.
Here is what I discovered:
Jean Armour Polly, in 1992 coined the phrase.
However, she got the idea from an Apple mouse pad. So one could say that it's part west coast and part east coast that spawned the term. The link above takes you to her netmom.com biography where she explains how she arrived at the term.
In brief, she was a librarian at the Liverpool NY public library and was looking for a title for an article she was contracted to write. At that time she was using an Apple mouse pad that had a picture of a surfer and it said "Information Surfer" on it. That is how she got the idea for the metaphor which she coined - "Surfing the Internet"
In 2004 my family and I relocated from San Francisco area to the Phoenix area and more specifically to Val Vista Lakes, a lake community in Gilbert AZ. Then I elected to go back into the real estate business and help buyers search for homes for sale in Gilbert AZ as well as other cities in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
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