10th Anniversary: Little History About DeafNetwork.com

13 12 2007

ASL Video – Approx 8:00 Minutes Long

Grant talked how he originally started Deaf Network website 10 years ago. (November 1997 – Present) Before he signed up new domain, he used free webpage service under local ISP. Also, he was lucky to learn some HTML codes (Using Notepad) from his friend at job. Of course things are slow but very exciting at this time.

Remember at this time, Netscape was very popular so does AOL and Google was nothing but baby. Dot-Com has gone crazy. Each domain cost $35 dollars – it is very expensive compared $10 per domain today.

Back then, they had few clients such as Merritt Interpreting Service, Deaf Celebration, Jean Massieu Academy, Dallas Deaf Club, and Deaf Action Center. They are important part of his dream – feed information such as events, announcement and others to community yet it’s all free.

You will see how ugly our website was before and it kept get better and better.


Deaf Network of Texas mailing list started off with 300 subscribers and it grew over 3,000 subscribers today. It’s been amazing experience – he will never forget that many people think is email is crazy and stupid. But he saw it full of opportunity for deaf community.

He never dreams it would continue that long but he plan to continue as long as demand is there. He’s blessing to have wonderful supporters, advertisers and fans over years.

Grant Laird Jr

Deaf Website & Dot-com History

10 12 2007

ASL Video – Approx 5:00 Minutes Long

Grant talked about DeafNetwork.com which recently celebrating 10th Anniversary. It’s been rich experience for him over years. One thing he mentioned that there’s few deaf-related website that still existing today – after running for about 10 years?

He remembers many deaf-related website that are no longer in business due to gave it up, it get bored or purse something else.

Note: There’s many more actively website starting 1999 but not many before that.

Still around and/or going strong: (Around 10 years +)

Dying, quiet, and/or what? (Around 10 years +)

Long Gone Dead (Since 10 years ago or so)

If you notice that Grant forgot to list (any category) please make comment. Thanks!

Grant Laird Jr.