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Subject: Re: UKNM: Re: Portals and Eyeballs
From: Phil Gyford
Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 17:55:45 +0100

At 15:20 20/08/98 +0100, you wrote:

>1. Is there a definitive definition of a 'portal' somewhere out there?

FWIW, here's the definition from whatis.com:

portal and portal space

1) Portal is a new term, generally synonymous with
gateway, for a World Wide Web site that is or proposes to
be a major starting site for users when they get connected
to the Web or that users tend to visit as an anchor site. In
July 1998, leading portals included Yahoo, Excite,
Netscape, Lycos, CNet, and Microsoft Network. With its own private array
of sites when you dial in, America Online (AOL) could be thought of as a
portal to its own Web portal at AOL.com. A number of large access
providers offer portals to the Web for their own users. Most portals have
adopted the Yahoo style of content categories with a text-intensive, faster
loading page that visitors will find easy to use and to return to. Companies
with portal sites have attracted much stock market investor interest because
portals are viewed as able to command large audiences and numbers of
advertising viewers.

Typical services offered by portal sites include a directory of Web sites, a
facility to search for other sites, news, weather information, e-mail, stock
quotes, phone and map information, and sometimes a community forum.
Excite is among the first portals to offer users the ability to create a
site that is personalized for individual interests.

The term portal space is used to mean the total number of major sites
competing to be one of the portals.

2) In fantasy games, science-fiction, and some "New Age" philosophies, a
portal is a gateway to another world of the past, present, or future, or to an
expanded awareness.

3) In 3-D graphics development, portal rendering is a technique that
increases the effect of realism and speeds up presentation.

Phil Gyford
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