Intro to Internet

Events

ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency) goes online in December, connecting four major U.S. universities

1969

Electronic mail is introduced by Ray Tomlinson, a Cambridge, Mass

1972

Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter and running mate Walter Mondale use email to plan campaign events. Queen Elizabeth sends her first email. She's the first state leader to do so

1976

Domain Name System (DNS) is established, with network addresses identified by extensions such as .com, .org, and .edu.

1984

A virus called the Internet Worm temporarily shuts down about 10% of the world's Internet servers.

1988

The White House launches its website, www.whitehouse.gov.

1994

Approximately 45 million people are using the Internet

1996

Internet traffic records are broken as the NASA website broadcasts images taken by Pathfinder on Mars.

1997

Google opens its first office, in California.

1998

58.5% of the U.S. population (164.14 million people) uses the Internet. Worldwide there are 544.2 million users.

01/2002

YouTube.com is launched.

2005

There are more than 92 million websites online.

2006

Legal online music downloads triple to 6.7 million downloads per week

2007