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Wiki Time: The History of Ad Serving

October 8, 2012

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The first central ad server was released by FocaLink Media Services and introduced on July 17, 1995,[2] for controlling the delivery of online advertising or banner ads. Although most contemporary accounts are no longer available online, theWeizmann Institute of Science published an academic research paper documenting the launch of the first ad server.[3] The original motherboard for the first ad server, assembled in June 1995, is also preserved.[4] Focalink relaunched the ad server under the name SmartBanner in February 1996.[5] The company was founded by Dave Zinman and Jason Strober, and based in Palo Alto, California. In 1998, the company changed its name to AdKnowledge, and was purchased by CMGI in 1999.[6]The AdKnowledge name was subsequently purchased by a company in Kansas City in 2004, which now operates under the brand name AdKnowledge.

The first local ad server was released by NetGravity in January 1996[7] for delivering online advertising at major publishing sites such as Yahoo and Pathfinder. The company was founded by Tom Shields and John Danner, and based in San Mateo, California. In 1998, the company went public on NASDAQ (NETG), and was purchased by DoubleClick in 1999. NetGravity AdServer was then renamed to DART Enterprise. In March 2008 Google acquired DoubleClick. Google has continued to improve and invest in DART Enterprise. The latest version of the product was renamed and shipped as DoubleClick Enterprise 8.0 on September 28, 2011.[8]

Another central or remote ad server was introduced by David Stein at Burst! Media in January 1996[9] for controlling online advertising or banner ads. The company was founded by Jarvis Coffin, David Stein and Bob Hanna, and based in Katonah, New York. In 2006, the company went public on the London Stock Exchange’s Alternative Investment Market (BRST).

Source: Wikipedia.

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