History of The Internet

  • First Programmable Mechanical Computer

    First Programmable Mechanical Computer
    In 1837 Charles Babbage designed the first programmable mechanical computer refered to as the Analytical Engine
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  • Dewey Decimal System

    Dewey Decimal System
    In 1876 Melvil Dewey created the Dewey Decimal System to organize books and library sources
    A simple explanation of the use is included
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  • Keypunch Machine

    Keypunch Machine
    In 1880 Herman Hollerith created the keypunch machine launching information processing
  • Universal Decimal System

    Paul Octet and Henri LaFontaine created the Universal Decimal System while attempting to collect, organize and share the world's infomation. Click here for more information
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  • Human Thinking Machine

    Human Thinking Machine
    In 1931 Vannewar Bush wanted to invent a "Human thinking machine". He was able to create a room-sized machine that could analyze differential equations.
  • Use of Computer spreads

    Research, business professionals, government memebers and military organizations began using computers to share information
  • First Email

    First Email
    In 1972 Ray Thomlinson sent the first email. He made the decision that the @ symbol would be the electronic locator symbol. This led to be the most popular use of the internet. Here is some more infomation on the process.
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  • Desk Sized Computer

    Desk Sized Computer
    In 1973 IBM and Hewlett-Pakcard introduced the first "desk sized" programmable computers
  • The Word Internet

    In 1974 the term internet, short for internetwork, was first used. It was used in a documentation on transmissions protocols.
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  • Apple

    In 1976 the first Apple computer was created by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in Jobs' garage.
    For a brief history on Apple computer evolution follow here
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  • World Wide Web

    Between 1989-1991, the World Wide Web (WWW) was developed by Tim Berners-Lee. Check out the World Wide Web foundation.
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  • Use for Everyone

    In 1993 CERN made the web technology available to everyone for free
  • Altavista

    In 1994 the first succesful important search engine was created. Today, Altavista searches are directed to Yahoo
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  • Smart Phone

    Smart Phone
    In 1994 IBM created the first smart phone with internet
  • Amazon

    Amazon was released on July 5th 1994
    Here are some fun facts about Amazon's early days
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  • Telecommunications Act of 1996

    The Telecommunications Act of 1996 called for classrooms, libraries, and hospitals to get involved with the internet and become connected. Keep reading for more information!
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  • Google

    Google was made available to the public. Google was developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
    This provides a timeline of Google's lifespan
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  • Dot Com Bubble

    From 1997 to 2000 the Dot Com Bubble took place
    The link provides further information on this topic
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  • My Space

    My Space
    My Space was created Augusts 1st, 2003
  • Facebook

    Facebook was created February 4th, 2004
  • Instagram

    Instagram was created October 6th, 2010
  • Snapchat

    Snapchat was created July 8th, 2011
  • TikTok

    Tik Tok was created september 2017