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Netflix launches as a company that sends DVDs to homes via mail.
Google.com registers as a domain.
20% of Americans get news from the internet at least once a week, up from 4% in 1995.
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.
40 million Americans – or 48% of internet users – have purchased a product online.
Only 3% of internet users say they got most of their information about the 9/11 attacks and the aftermath from the internet.
The average internet user spends 83 minutes online.
Jimmy Wales launches Wikipedia. Users write over 20,000 encyclopedia entries in the first year.
Social networking site Friendster.com launches, but is quickly overtaken by Facebook.
Microsoft launches Xbox Live, its online multiplayer gaming service.
Skype, a voice-over-IP calling and instant messaging service, launches and quickly becomes a verb, as in “Skype me.”
Professional networking site LinkedIn launches.
Google starts trading on the NASDAQ at $85 a share.
Mozilla releases Firefox 1.0.
About one-in-six online adults – 25 million people – have sold something online.
YouTube is founded on Valentine’s Day. The first video, an explanation of what’s cool about elephants. Google acquires the company a year later.
Twitter launches. Founder Jack Dorsey sends the first tweet: “just setting up my twttr”
36% of American online adults consult Wikipedia.
Apple releases its first iPhone, priced at $499 for 4GB and $599 for 8G.
19% of cellphone owners say they have gone online with their phones.
Google releases the Chrome Web browser.
HTML5 is introduced.
69% of Americans turn to the internet to cope with and understand the recession.
Kanye West’s VMA outburst sparks the first internet meme.
35% of adults have cell phones with apps, but only two-thirds actually use them.
Social photo-sharing sites Pinterest and Instagram launch.
15% of social media-using teens say they have been the target of online meanness.
Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion.
66% of internet users use Facebook and 12% use Instagram.
A majority (56%) of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind.
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.
Despacito music video tops most views on youtube, which is now at around 6 billion views!
Alexa, Amazon Prime and google echo are now widely accepted communication robots.
Chatbots join the race.
Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist at CERN, invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989
42% of American adults have used a computer.
First webcam was invented due to people being lazy.
The term “surfing the internet” is coined and popularized.
Fist ever photo on the internet of the band “Les Horribles Cernettes,” on the Web.
The New York Times writes about the WWW for the first time.
11 million American households are “equipped to ride the information superhighway.”
One of the first known Web purchases takes place: a pepperoni pizza
18 million American homes are now online, but only 3% of online users have ever signed on to the World Wide Web.
Amazon opens for business.
Match.com, first dating website comes up.
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.
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