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The Internet

  • Sputnik

    The USSR launches the first satellite, Sputnik.
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  • US Communications

    US Communications
    Rand Corporation proposes a new information network so that the United States could successfully communicate after a nuclear war.

    The first host-to-host Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) connection is made on October 25, 1969, between the University of California at Los Angeles, and the Stanford Research Institute,
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  • E-mail

    ARPANET begins to be used for communicating email.
  • Internet!

    The term 'Internet' starts being used.
  • Comet

    Comet, the first commercial email software, is offered by the Computer Corporation of America for $40,000.
  • 'The Information Superhighway'

    'The Information Superhighway'
    Al Gore coins the term for the Internet “The Information Superhighway.”
  • WWW

    The phrase “World Wide Web” is coined by Tim Berners-Lee.
  • First web server

    Stanford Linear Accelerator (SLAC) becomes the first web server on the Internet.
  • .com .net .org etc

    .com .net .org etc
    Internet registration begins for .com, .net. .org, .edu, and .gov.
  • The first web browser

    The Internet takes off as part of the world’s fastest growing information network
    The MOSAIC Web Browser is born on the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign campus.
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  • JAVA

    The independent programming language, JAVA, is created by Jim Gosling at Sun Microsystems.
    Yahoo! is founded in Santa Clara, California, and provides a web search engine, email service, mapping and more.
  • AT&T

    Lucent Technology (a spin-off of AT&T) develops the first telephony system.
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  • Google

    There are now 3 million domain registrants on the Internet. The number of Web pages on the Internet is 300 million and growing by over 1.5 million per day.
    Google is founded in Menlo Park, California.
  • 100 million

    100 million
    The Internet celebrates is 30th anniversary.
    There are over 5 million domain names registered on the Internet.
    There are approximately 100 million computers connected online.
    Traffic over the Internet is doubling every 100 days.
    The Internet economy is responsible for over 2.3 million jobs and over $507 billion in revenue.
  • Wikipedia

    Wikipedia is launchd.
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  • 522 million

    522 million
    Internet World Stats counted over 544 million users on the Internet.
  • Facebook

    Facebook is founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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  • Youtube

    Youtube is launched.
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  • Twitter

    There are over 92 million websites online.
    Twitter is founded in San Francisco, California.
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  • 1.3 billion

    1.3 billion
    Internet World Stats counts over 1.3 billion web surfers worldwide as of December, 2007.
  • 1.4 billion

    1.4 billion
    Internet World Stats counts over 1.4 billion web surfers worldwide as of June, 2009.
  • 1.6 billion

    1.6 billion
    Internet World Stats counts over 1.6 billion web surfers worldwide as of June, 2009.
    The Internet celebrates its 40th anniversary.
  • 1.9 billion

    1.9 billion
    Internet World Stats counts over 1.9 billion web surfers worldwide as of June, 2010.
  • Twitter & Facebook

    Twitter & Facebook
    Twitter and Facebook are the primary means of communication for the Middle East revolts.
  • Stop Online Piracy

    Stop Online Piracy
    Internet users scored an important victory in the battle to defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)/Protect IP Act (PIPA) and to maintain Internet freedom.