When I started college, the whole web was about 360 servers in September 1994. By December, it was in the tens of thousands. I can say this with a straight face, only because I was lucky enough to have good timing to get a front row seat to this explosion of the web. Hint: it’s called the Internet nowadays.
In the early days of the web, the first real-world newspaper which made it online was the San Jose Mercury News. By reading news via email, I was able to get an Associated Press feed on world news. A San Francisco take on everything going on in the world was mind blowing to my still-teenage mind.