History of the Internet

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Internet is Born

October 29, 1969

First message on the APRANET system

Number of Computers Increases

1970

Number of computers increased from 4 to 13

Number of Computers Increases More

1971

Number of computers raises to 23

Hundred Computer Barrier Broken

1977

Thousand Computers on Network

1984

10,000 Barrier Broken

1987

Number of computers on the network exceeds 10,000

100,000 Barrier Broken

1988 - 1989

Less than two years after the 10,000 barrier is broken

Over One Million Computers Connected

1992

10 Million Computers Connected

1996

Over 100 Million Computers Connected

2001

Significant Contributions to the Internet

World Wide Web Created

1989 - 1990

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

First Website Created

1990

Number of Websites Increases

1991

10 websites available

Open Source Code Developed

1991

Linus Torvald created the operating system Linux that used open source code.

Amount of Websites Grows

1993

There are 623 websites

Google Created

1996

http://www.google.com
Started as a research project by Larry Page and Sergery Bin

Explosion in Amount of Websites

2000

There are 25, 675, 581 websites!

AOL Reaches Height

2001

AOL had over 30 million global users (almost 10 percent of people accessing the Internet)

YouTube Created

2005

Created by three PayPal employees (Chad Hurley, Steven Chen, and Jawed Karim) in February 2005