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The World Clocks Celebrates 15 Years

The World Clock is celebrating 15 years since it was first release on November 7, 1995.

timeanddate.com World Clock 1996

timeanddate.com World Clock in 1996.
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The First Release of the World Clock

The World Clock was first developed in a period of two days, but did not include daylight saving time (DST) when the first version was released.

The first release featured a list of the current times for approximately 120 cities and was initially only available in Norwegian. An English version was quickly implemented on November 19, 1995 and daylight saving time was applied in January 1996. The first URL for the World Clock was: http://www.stud.unit.no/USERBIN/steffent/verdensur.pl.

The first years of service ran on the author’s Unix account at the University of Trondheim, which was later renamed NTNU - Trondheim. The World Clock only had a total of nine visitors on the first day with the first external visitor viewing the World clock at 1995-11-07 16:03:54 UTC.  The traffic for the World Clock stayed at a level that averaged about 20 visitors per day for the month of November.

The World Clock got an increase in traffic and more international visitors when it was listed on Yahoo in December 1995. This big break led to its increase of visitors and popularity during the next few years.

The Start of Something New 1998 - 2010

The timeanddate.com service became available online after one year of development in May 1998. The service replaced the old version of the World Clock, as well as other services that were on the university account. timeanddate.com featured more cities and services such as The Personal World Clock, the Meeting Planner, and the Time Zone Converter.

The World Clock has been going through constant updates to make it more user-friendly and now features a time zone information page for the expanding list of over 650 cities throughout the world. Throughout the 15 years, more services and enhancements were added on the website that makes timeanddate.com one of the top sources for time and date information on the web.

What’s Next

The World Clock and many of the new services that timeanddate.com provides today will be further enhanced in the coming year. Most of the enhancements will be based on user requests, so send any feedback or suggestions to webmaster@timeanddate.com that will help develop the site to meet all of your time and date related needs.