The History of the Internet – in short..

A nice outline of events, check it out here: http://m.sixrevisions.com/resources/the-history-of-the-internet-in-a-nutshell/

Here are the titles, see the article above for more info on each one:

  • 1969: Arpanet
  • 1969: Unix
  • 1970: Arpanet network
  • 1971: Email
  • 1971: Project Gutenberg and eBooks
  • 1972: CYCLADES
  • 1973: The first trans-Atlantic connection and the popularity of emailing
  • 1974: The beginning of TCP/IP
  • 1975: The email client
  • 1977: The PC modem
  • 1978: The Bulletin Board System (BBS)
  • 1978: Spam is born
  • 1979: MUD – The earliest form of multiplayer games
  • 1979: Usenet
  • 1980: ENQUIRE software
  • 1982: The first emoticon
  • 1983: Arpanet computers switch over to TCP/IP
  • 1984: Domain Name System (DNS)
  • 1985: Virtual communities
  • 1986: Protocol wars
  • 1987: The Internet grows
  • 1988: IRC – Internet Relay Chat
  • 1988: First major malicious internet-based attack
  • 1989: AOL is launched
  • 1989: The proposal for the World Wide Web
  • 1990: First commercial dial-up ISP
  • 1990: World Wide Web protocols finished
  • 1991: First web page created
  • 1991: First content-based search protocol
  • 1991: MP3 becomes a standard
  • 1991: The first webcam
  • 1993: Mosaic – first graphical web browser for the general public
  • 1993: Governments join in on the fun
  • 1994: Netscape Navigator
  • 1995: Commercialization of the internet
  • 1995: Geocities, the Vatican goes online, and JavaScript
  • 1996: First web-based (webmail) service
  • 1997: The term “weblog” is coined
  • 1998: First new story to be broken online instead of traditional media
  • 1998: Google!
  • 1998: Internet-based file-sharing gets its roots
  • 1999: SETI@home project
  • 2000: The bubble bursts
  • 2001: Wikipedia is launched
  • 2003: VoIP goes mainstream
  • 2003: MySpace becomes the most popular social network
  • 2003: CAN-SPAM Act puts a lid on unsolicited emails
  • 2004: Web 2.0
  • 2004: Social Media and Digg
  • 2004: “The” Facebook open to college students
  • 2005: YouTube – streaming video for the masses
  • 2006: Twitter gets twittering
  • 2007: Major move to place TV shows online
  • 2007: The iPhone and the Mobile Web
  • 2008: “Internet Election”
  • 2009: ICANN policy changes
  • The Future?

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