The History of the Internet

1958 – The United States Department of Defence establishes the Advanced Research Projects Agency in response to the Sputnik launch which heralded the ear of global communication

1971 – First email is sent

1974 – The term Internet is coined

1982 – First Internet connection in Asia is developed at Keio University in Japan

1983 – The Domain Name System is invented

1989 – British engineer Tim Berners-Lee proposes what would become the World Wide Web in his paper “Information Management: A Proposal”

1990 – Development begins for the first browser called “WorldWideWeb”

1993 – Mosaic the first graphical browser is launched, helping to popularize the World Wide Web

1994 – Yahoo and Amazon.com are founded

1995 – Microsoft Internet Explorer 1.0 released

1998 – Google launches its search engine. Singaporean Tan Tin Wee founds multilingual domain name system.

1999 – Web 2.0 is coined as more websites start to allow users to post content

2000 – The dot.com market peaks and crashes

2001 – Wikipedia is born

2004 – Facebook is born

2005 – First You Tube video is posted

2006 – The first Tweet is sent. Tweeter founder Jack Dorsey writes: “just setting up my twtt” (sic)

2010 – Instagram is launched

2012 – Gangnam Style becomes first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views

2013 – New generic top-level domain names such as .guru, .camera, and .diamond are introduced

2014 – Ellen DeGeneres’ selfie at the Academy Awards ceremony is re-tweeted 3.2 million times, and holds the record for most re-tweets

Sources: INTERNET SOCIETY, BLOOMBERG, WORLD WIDE WEB CONSORTIUM, WORLD BANK, INTERNETHALLOFFAME.ORG

From a humble beginning, we can clearly see what the internet have done to our present day living. I am sure we will all agreed we cannot do without the internet. Information could now be found by using any of the popular search engines and you have it at your fingertips.

I like to share from my personal experience, a kid way back in the late 1960s I remember waiting several weeks before I could watch an English football game. Let’s assume a game was play on Sunday and it would take at least 2 Sundays down the road before I can watch the game. It was still in black and white and it takes time for the reel to arrive here in Singapore for broadcast. You can read the results of games play in U.K. like 3 days after it was played. Now that is history, today you watch all your games live by subscribing to some networks on the internet at the comfort of your home computer. All thanks to the internet.

Most certainly today most if not all of us would have bought something online say within the last 3 months right? Again it’s thanks to the internet for e-commerce. We all will agree one way of the other the internet is here to stay right? Otherwise we would not have sign up for John’s Partnership to Success!

6 thoughts on “The History of the Internet”

  1. Nice summary Harold. I remember pre-browser days with no fondness whatsoever! If you take a look now at what can be done and then project 20 years what on earth will computers be like then? It truly is a life changer in so many ways.

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