Major Internet Events

  • E-mail was created

    E-mail was created
    Electronic mail is introduced by Ray Tomlinson, a Cambridge, Mass., computer scientist. He uses the @ to distinguish between the sender's name and network name in the email address.
  • the word internet is used for the first time

    the word internet is used for the first time
    The word “Internet” is used for the first time.
  • virus shuts down 10% of the internet

    virus shuts down 10% of the internet
    A virus called the Internet Worm temporarily shuts down about 10% of the world's Internet servers.
  • Google was created

    Google was created
    Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California
  • E-commerce

    E-commerce becomes the new buzzword as Internet shopping rapidly spreads.
  • Youtube was created

    Youtube was created
    YouTube offered the public a beta test of the site in May 2005, six months before the official launch in November 2005. The site grew rapidly, and in July 2006 the company announced that more than 65,000 new videos were being uploaded every day
  • Dropbox was created

    Dropbox was created
    According to Dropbox, founder Drew Houston conceived the idea after repeatedly forgetting his USB flash drive while he was a student at MIT. He says that existing services at the time "suffered problems with Internet latency, large files, bugs, or just made me think too much." He began making something for himself, but then realized that it could benefit others with the same problem. Houston founded Dropbox, Inc. in June 2007, and shortly thereafter secured seed funding from Y Combinator.