June 15, 2020
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Timeline of the Internet
The birth of the Internet, and what it contains in a nutshell.
⟶ Updated 13 Oct 2017 ⟶
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UCLA, Stanford Research Institute, University of California-Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah
Ray Tomlinson invents an electronic mailing system.
The Internet successfully connects to other places in the world.
Queen Elizabeth II sends her first e-mail.
TCP/IP becomes ARPANET's official protocol.
DNS is invented.
William Gibson coined the term "cyberspace".
20,000 people have officially visited the Internet at a time.
World.std.com established the first form of dial-up Internet.
Tim Berners-Lee develops HTML.
The World Wide Web was introduced to the public.
The first official audio and video are streamed on the Internet.
The number of websites on the Internet reach 600.
Microsoft creates a web browser for Windows 95.
Yahoo! is invented by Jerry Yang and David Filo.
Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, and Match.com.
"The Dancing Baby" viral 3D animation becomes one of the first viral videos.
Google is born.
IP version 6 is introduced.
Facebook is invented by Mark Zuckerberg.
Youtube and Reddit are made.
Jack Dorsey releases Twitter to the public.
The Internet celebrates its 40th anniversary.
Facebook reaches 400 million active users.
Instagram and Pinterest join the social networking game.
Instagram reaches 400 million users, passing Twitter, but keeping Facebook in the lead.
Robert Kahn demonstrates ARPANET to the general public.
Louis Pouzin helps build CYCLADES.
Bob Metcalfe invents Ethernet.
Linus Torvalds invents Linux OS.
Al Gore creates a bill that essentially allowed for the internet to be a public "necessity".
MP3 files are developed by Brandenburg and his team.
China and the Internet skyrocket by reaching the most active users (450 million+).
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