History of the Internet

Timeline created by brooks630
  • DARPA created

    Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) created
  • ARPANET first established

    ARPANET was originally established in 1966.
  • First ARPANET Link Created

    The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) created the world's first packet switched network.
  • Email was first used

    In 1971, an email message was first sent from one PC to another. It was also the first time that the "@" sign was used in a message, to seperate the users name and the users machine in the message.
  • Telenet first established

    Telenet, the world's first publically-accessible packet switching network was created. It was only available in a handful of U.S. cities.
  • TCP/IP first developed

    The Internet Protocol suite (TCP/IP) was first created
  • IPSS Created

    The International Packet Switched Service (IPSS) was created. This first allowed international network communication originally between multiple different networks within the UK, the U.S. and other countries
  • TCP/IP adopted by U.S. Military

    The U.S. Department of Defence declared TCP/IP as the standard for all military computing.
  • ARPANET migrates to TCP/IP

    The ARPANET completes its migration to TCP/IP from NCP.
  • DNS Invented

    The Domain Name System (DNS) was invented. Prior to this, people had to manually map addresses to systems using the HOSTS.TXT file, but DNS allowed these addresses to be stored on seperate servers (DNS Servers) and recalled as and when it was necessary.
  • 10,000 Hosts

    The Internet first reached 10,000 hosts in 1987
  • First Web Server Created

    Tim Berners-Lee created the world's first web server in 1990, as well as the first web browser. This became the basis for what is now known as the World Wide Web; pages created in HyperText and hosted over the Internet.
  • Mosaic 1.0 Released

    Mosaic, the first widely used web browser, was first created in 1993.
  • Yahoo! Created

    Yahoo!, one of the world's most popular search engines, was first created in 1994.
  • Netscape Communications founded

    Netscape, the company famous for producing the web browser "Netscape Navigator", was founded.
  • Internet Explorer first released

    The web browser "Internet Explorer" was first released in 1995, originallyas part of Plus! for Windows 95 (a paid-for suite of software). This was important as it was the first release of what is currently the world's most popular web browser. It was made freely available to Microsoft's other operating systems later in the year.
  • Google first created

    Google, currently the world's most popular search engine, was created in 1996.
  • Mozilla Application Suite first launched

    The Mozilla Application Suite, generally known as "Mozilla", was released (originally as a code base release of Netscape Communicator). This later went on to become the basis for Firefox (one of the most popular web browsers), as well as Thunderbird (a popular email client).
  • Wikipedia Launched

    Wikipedia, the famous user-editable online encyclopedia, was first released. Originally released just to complement Nupedia (a similar online encyclopedia editable only by experts), it went on to become the largest collection of works on the Internet.
  • Thefacebook Launched

    "Thefacebook", the predecessor to Facebook, was first launched. Originally it was only open to students at Harvard college, it later opened up to many other academic institutions in the U.S. as well as internationally.
  • The first YouTube video was uploaded

    The very first YouTube video, called "Me at the zoo", was uploaded.
  • Facebook made public for the first time

    Facebook opens up its registration process, allowing anyone age 13 and up to open a Facebook account. Previously, people had to be a student at specific academic institutions and after opening up went on to become the most popular social networking site on the Internet by a long margin, as well as the second most popular site at the time of writing (after Google)