History Of The Internet

By jswaggy
  • History of the Internet

    ARPA goes online in Decmember, connecting four major U.S. unveristies. Designed for research, education, and goverment organizations, it provides a communications network linking the country in the event that a military attack destroys conventional communications systems.
  • First E-mail Program

    Ray Tomlinson at BBN writes the first e-mail program to send messages across the ARPANET. In sending the first message to himself to test it out, he uses the @ sign—the first time it appears in an e-mail address.
  • Internet

    The word "Internet is used for the first time.
  • Virus

    A virus called the Internet Worm temporarilly shuts down 10% of the world's Internet servers.
  • World Wide Web

    The World (world.std.com) debuts as the first provider of dial-up Internet access for consumers. Tim Berners-Lee of CERN (European Laboratory for Particle Physics) develops a new technique for distributing information on the Internet. He calls it the World Wide Web.
  • Peter Deutsch

    The first effort to index the Internet is created by Peter Deutsch at McGill University in Montreal, who devises Archie, an archive of FTP sites.
  • Millions using the Internet

    Approximately 45 million people are using the Internet, with roughly 30 million of those in North America (United States and Canada), 9 million in Europe, and 6 million in Asia/Pacific (Australia, Japan, etc.). 43.2 million (44%) U.S. households own a personal computer, and 14 million of them are online.
  • Google

    Google opens it first office, in California.
  • Internet Worm

    Internet Worm, called MyDoom or Novarg, spreads through Internet servers. About 1 in 12 email messages are infected. Online spending reaches a record high—$117 billion in 2004, a 26% increase over 2003.
  • So many websites

    There are more than 92 million websites online.