Once upon a time…there was no internet. And then, the social media and digital interactivity became what they are today.
The internet as we know it, has a rich and eventful history. But how did it all begin? Here’s a brief history of the all mighty, all-present INTERNET, with fun times, epic times and most memorable launches of digital platforms and concepts. Enjoy the story or skip to the end of this article where you’ll find it in video!
1960s: The internet is born from a Pentagon military project.
1969: The first electronic message was sent: “LOG”. The user wanted to type LOGIN, but the network crashed.
1969: ARPANET was used to connect 4 American Universities and ease access to information.
1972: The rise of email. The first email sent was „something like QWERTYUIOP.”
1973: The actual term of “Internet” is born.
1976: Queen Elizabeth II hits the “send button” on her first email
1976: Apple Computer is founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
1979: The first emoticon smiles to the world 🙂
1987: The first GIF was created. No, it wasn’t a cat. It was an airplane.
1991: Tim Berners-Lee develops the HTML and creates the first live website, about the World Wide Web.
1991: The MP3 was invented.
1991: The first product to be sold online was…porn.
1998: The first music file-sharing service goes live and changes the way Internet is used, forever.
1992: The first audio and video files are distributed over the Internet.
1993: The launch of the first web browser, Mosaic.
1993: The White House and United Nations go online.
1994: Yahoo! is created. The first click-bait has a +44% success rate.
1995: Amazon.com, Craigslist and eBay go live.
1996: 3D animation dubbed „The Dancing Baby” becomes one of the first viral memes.
1997: Netflix is founded. Wireless App Protocol paves the way for Internet on phones.
1998: The Google search engine is born, changing the way users engage with the Internet.
1999: Apple spreads Wi-Fi to the masses by concealing it in its laptops.
2000: The dot-com bubble bursts in. The internet becomes vulnerable, prone to attacks.
2003: WordPress is launched and Skype is released.
2004: Facebook goes online and the era of social networking begins.
2005: YouTube.com launches.
2006: Twitter is live. The founder, Jack Dorsey, sends out the very first tweet: „just setting up my twttr.”
2007: iPhone introduces mobile web. The smartphone age begins.
2009: The Internet marks its 40th anniversary in.
2010: Facebook reaches 400 million active users. Pinterest and Instagram are launched.
2012: Barack Obama’s announces the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act.
2015: Instagram reaches 400 million users in, outpacing Twitter.
2016: Google unveils Google Assistant, marking the entry of the Internet giant into the „smart” computerized assistant marketplace.
The internet is now, in 2017, 10,000+ days old. Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, social media bots, e-shopping and online experiences, they all keep rising. Consumers are now digital and mobile. The internet is our home, workspace, shopping mall, library, coach, friend, doctor, map. Be there for them. Be digital in all you do. This way, you’ll be the brand they want and need to meet and greet online.