Information Age

Timeline created by Danielle Marb
  • Osborne 1

    Osborne 1
    It is considered as the first true mobile computer by most historians. Adam Osborne founded Osborne Computer and formed the Osborne 1 in 1981.
  • First Laptop

    First Laptop
    The first "laptop computer" was made in 1983.
  • First Laptop Computer

    First Laptop Computer
    Manny Fernandez, who started Gavilian Computer, promoted his machines as the first "laptop" computers in May 1983. Many historians consider the gavilian as the first fully functional laptop computer.
  • Digital Camera

    Digital Camera
    By the late 1980s, the technology required to produce truly commercial digital cameras existed. The first true portable digital camera that recorded images as a computerized file was likely the Fuji DS-1P of 1988, which recorded to a 2 MB SRAM memory card that used a battery to keep the data in memory. This camera was never marketed to the public.
  • Transatlantic Telephone

    Transatlantic Telephone
    The first Transatlantic Telephone cable went into operation.
  • World Wide Web

    World Wide Web
    The World Wide Web (abbreviated WWW or the Web) is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and can be accessed via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989.
  • First Webcam

    First Webcam
    In 1991 the first webcam was pointed at a coffee shop.
  • First Smartphone

    First Smartphone
    The first smartphone was the IBM Simon.
  • Doom

    Doom
    Doom (stylized as DOOM) is a series of first-person shooter video games developed by id Software. The series focuses on the exploits of an unnamed space marine operating under the auspices of Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC), who fights hordes of demons and the undead in order to survive.
  • Personal Digital Assistants

    Personal Digital Assistants
    The first PDA. This bulky device is the Apple Newton MessagePad. Introduced in 1993, it was one of the first Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) devices -- indeed, that phrase was originally coined by Apple CEO John Sculley for the Newton.
  • Mosaic

    Mosaic
    Marc Andreessen, NCSA Mosaic Technical Summary, Feb 20, 1993. Marc Andreessen and his team invented Mosaic (original NCSA page), the first popular Web browser, which greatly helped spread use and knowledge of the web across the world.
  • Amazon

    Amazon
    On July 5, 1994, Bezos incorporated the company as Cadabra, Inc. Bezos changed the name to Amazon.com, Inc. a few months later, after a lawyer misheard its original name as "cadaver". ... The domain is still owned by Bezos and still redirects to the retailer. The company went online as Amazon.com in 1995.
  • Internet Explorer

    Internet Explorer
    Internet Explorer (formerly Microsoft Internet Explorer and Windows Internet Explorer, commonly abbreviated IE or MSIE) is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included in the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995.
  • WRAL

    WRAL
    Raleigh-Durham, N.C. became the first local TV station to transmit Digital TV.
  • Six Degrees

    Six Degrees
    The first recognizable social media site, Six Degrees, was created in 1997. It enabled users to upload a profile and make friends with other users. In 1999, the first blogging sites became popular, creating a social media sensation that’s still popular today.
  • Google

    Google
    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 Stanford, California.
    The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998.
  • Wikipedia

    Wikipedia
    Wikipedia began with its launch on 15 January 2001, two days after the domain was registered by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. Its technological and conceptual underpinnings predate this; the earliest known proposal for an online encyclopedia was made by Rick Gates in 1993, but the concept of a free-as-in-freedom online encyclopedia (as distinct from mere open source) was proposed by Richard Stallman in December 2000.
  • Friendster

    Friendster
    Friendster was founded by Canadian computer programmer Jonathan Abrams in 2002, before the wider adoption of MySpace (2003), Hi5 (2003), Facebook (2004) and other social networking sites.
  • Skype

    Skype
    First released in August 2003, Skype was created by the Swede Niklas Zennström and the Dane Janus Friis, in cooperation with Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn, Estonians who developed the backend that was also used in the music-sharing application Kazaa.
  • Wordpress

    Wordpress
    WordPress was released on May 27, 2003, by its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, as a fork of b2/cafelog. WordPress is released under the GPLv2 (or later) license.
  • Facebook

    Facebook
    Facebook is a social networking service launched on February 4, 2004. It was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University student Eduardo Saverin. The website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and gradually most universities in the United States and Canada,corporations.
  • YouTube

    YouTube
    The history of YouTube began when PayPal employees created a video-sharing website where users could upload, share and view content. The Internet domain name "www.youtube.com" was activated on Monday, February 14, 2005 at 9:13 p.m.
  • Twitter

    Twitter
    Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, "tweets", restricted to 140 characters.Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams and launched in July of that year.
  • Tumblr

    Tumblr
    Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007, and owned by Oath Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users' blogs. Bloggers can also make their blogs private. For bloggers many of the website's features are accessed from a "dashboard" interface.
  • Pinterest

    Pinterest
    Pinterest is a web and mobile application startup that operates a software system designed to discover information on the World Wide Web. Registration is required for use. The site was founded by Ben Silbermann, Paul Sciarra and Evan Sharp. Development of Pinterest began in December 2009, and the site launched as a closed beta in March 2010. The site proceeded to operate in invitation-only open beta.
  • Instagram

    Instagram
    Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 as a free mobile app exclusively for the iOS operating system.
  • Snapchat

    Snapchat
    Snapchat is an image messaging and multimedia mobile application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown, former students at Stanford University, and developed by Snap Inc., originally Snapchat Inc. One of the principal concepts of Snapchat is that pictures and messages are only available for a short time before they become inaccessible.
  • Vine

    Vine
    Vine was a short-form video hosting service where users could share six-second-long looping video clips. Launched on January 24, 2013, by December 2015 Vine had 200 million active users.