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History of the Web Timeline
⟶ Updated 28 Sep 2018 ⟶
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42% of American adults have used a computer.
First webcam was created
The term “surfing the internet” is made popular
Mosaic 1.0 is released by the NCSA. It is the first web browser that became popular.
11 million American households have computers. One of the first known Web purchases takes place: a pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese from Pizza Hut. Yahoo! is created. Two lawyers post the first massive, commercial spam message
18 million American homes are now online, but only 3% of online users have ever signed on to the World Wide Web. Match.com, the first online dating site, launches.
77% of online users send or receive e-mail at least once every few weeks, up from 65% in 1995. The Dancing Baby, a 3D animation, becomes one of the first viral videos.
Google.com registers as a domain.
20% of Americans get news from the internet at least once a week, up from 4% in 1995. Oxford Dictionary adds “spam” and “digerati.”
41% of adults are using the internet and the weather is the most popular online news attraction.
43% of internet users say they would miss going online “a lot,” up from 32% in 1995.
The average internet user spends 83 minutes online.
55 million people now go online from work and 44% of those who have internet access at work say their use of the internet helps them do their jobs.
Apple launches the iTunes Music Store with 200,000 songs at 99¢ each. The store sells one million songs in its first week.
11% of American internet users follow the returns on election night online. One-in-ten internet users sign up for political email newsletters and news alerts during the campaign.
8% of adult American internet users say they participate in sports fantasy leagues online.
Google acquires YouTube for $1.65 billion.
36% of American online adults consult Wikipedia.
19% of cellphone owners say they have gone online with their phones.
Kanye West’s VMA outburst sparks an internet meme.
35% of adults have cell phones with apps, but only two-thirds actually use them.
15% of social media-using teens say they have been the target of online meanness.
66% of internet users use Facebook and 12% use Instagram.
51% of U.S. adults bank online.
45% of internet users ages 18-29 in serious relationships say the internet has had an impact on their relationship.
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