CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
Gopher is a text-based information retrieval system for the Internet. Created at the University of Minnesota and named after its college mascot, the Golden Gophers (as well as for its ability to "go for" information), Gopher enjoyed immense popularity after its inception in 1991. Equipped with a Gopher client, you could use Gopher servers to search databases around the globe for keywords or subjects organized in Gopher's hierarchical file lists. When the World Wide Web and free-form hypertext search came along, however, Gopher's preeminence waned. It is no longer widely used.
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