The first real network to run on packet switching technology. Computers at Stanford and UCLA connected for the first time.
Developed by Ray Tomlinson, who deciced to use the “@” symbol to separate the user from the computer name.
Project Gutenberg and eBook
Project Gutenberg was a global effort to make books and documents in the public domain available electronically, for free, in a variety of eBook and electronic formats.
Arpanet made the first trans-Atlantic connection with the University College of London
Modern Email Program
The first modern email program was developed by John Vittal. The biggest technological advance this program (called MSG) made was the addition of “Reply” and “Forward” functionality.
Bulletin Board System
The first bulletin board system (BBS) was developed during a blizzard in Chicago.
The first unsolicited commercial spam email message was sent out to 600 California Arpanet users by Gary Thuerk.
Scott Fahlman proposed using a simile face after a joke, rather than the original -) proposed by MacKenzie.
Malicious Internet Based Worn Attack
First major malicious internet-based worm attack was released, referred to as “The Morris Worm”.
AOL is launched
Apple pulled out of the AppleLink program and it was renamed America Online.
World Wide Web Proposal
The proposal for the World Wide Web, written by Tim Berners-Lee; was originally called “Mesh”.
The first commercial dial-up Internet provider, The World.
Code for the World Wide Web
Tim Berners-Lee develops HTML, which continues to impact how we navigate and view the internet.
The MP3 became a standard file format that was highly compressed, later became a popular file format to share songs and entire albums via the internet.
Deployed at a Cambridge University computer lab, to monitor a particular coffee maker so that lab users could avoid wasted trips to an empty coffee pot.
Government Goes Live Online
The White House and the United Nations came online, using .gov and .org domain names.
Created by Jerry Yang and David Filo, two electrical engineering graduate students. Originally called "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web."
Internet’s transformation to a commercial enterprise with Amazon.com goes live.
Craiglist joints the Internet’s transformation to a commercial enterprise.
Ebay joints the Internet’s transformation to a commercial enterprise.
The first online dating site, launches.
Webmail Service HoTMaiL
First web-based (webmail) service. HoTMaiL (the capitalized letters are an homage to HTML) was launched.
Founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph as a company that sends users DVDs by mail.
PC makers can remove Microsoft's internet software on new versions of Windows 95.
Google went live, revolutionizing the way in which people find information online.
Peer-to-peer file sharing becomes a reality as Napster arrives on the Internet
Wikipedia paved the way for collective web content generation/social media.
VoIP goes mainstream.
Founded by Niklas Zennström of Sweden and Janus Friis of Denmark. Skype provided a user-friendly interface to Voice over IP calling.
MySpace began and becomes the most popular social network
Safari debut and became the world's fastest browser.
“The” Facebook was launched and open to college students; was called “The Facebook”; later on, “The” was dropped from the name and the era of social networking began.
Mozilla Firefox browser.
Mozilla unveils the Firefox browser, made by Mozilla Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the not-for-profit Mozilla Foundation.
YouTube is an American online video sharing and social media platform owned by Google.
Founder Jack Dorsey; was originally going to be called twittr (inspired by Flickr); the first Twitter message was “just setting up my twttr”.
TV shows started online. Hulu is a joint venture between ABC, NBC, and Fox to make popular TV shows available to watch online.
iPhone and the Mobile Web
The biggest innovation was the iPhone, which was responsible for renewed interest in mobile web applications and design.
The social media sites Pinterest was created by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra, and Evan Sharp. It is a "visual discovery tool" that was originally created for people to share ideas and inspiration for various interests and projects.
The social media site Instagram is an American photo and video sharing social networking service created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger.
Tapping Into Communications
Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee and NSA contractor, reveals that the NSA had in place a monitoring program capable of tapping the communications of thousands of people.
Eric Yuan, a former Cisco engineer and executive, founded Zoom, a secure, reliable video platform powers all of your communication needs, including meetings, chat, phone, webinars, and online events.
Google unveils Google Assistant, a voice-activated personal assistant program, joins Amazon's Alexa, Siri from Apple, and Cortana from Microsoft.