History of the Internet


ARPANET is born.

October 29, 1968

The word "lo" was sent from a computer at UCLA to Stanford University.

Number of ARPANET Computers Grow


Growth was slow with 9 more ARPANET computers connected.

ARPANET Connected Computers reach 100.


ARPANET/internet connectivity reaches 1000 computers.


10,000 Computers connected to the Internet


personal computers at this point were inexpensive enough for average consumers to buy.

Internet has 100+K computers


1 Million Computers Connect to Internet


10 Million computers connect online via the internet


100 Million Computers on Internet


1.7 Billion Users of the Internet at Present


Significant Contributions to the Internet

Project Gutenberg begins its collection of digital texts


World Wide Web devised and created

1989 - 1990

Created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Linus Torvald begins development of LINUX code.


Craigslist web service of event and other listings begins.


Craig Newmark began the service in 1995 as an email distribution list of friends, featuring local events in the San Francisco Bay Area, before becoming a web-based service in 1996. After incorporation as a private for-profit company in 1999, Craigslist expanded into nine more U.S. cities in 2000, four each in 2001 and 2002, and 14 in 2003.

The Google search is created


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 California. While conventional search engines ranked results by counting how many times the search terms appeared on the page, the two theorized about a better system that analyzed the relationships between websites.

600,000+ Web Sites on the Internet


AOL amasses 30 million subscribers

1999 - 2001

This was largely due to a low unlimited use fee and very aggressive marketing.

The Music Genome Project Begins


This technique catalogs many types of music. Pandora Radio is a free internet service that allows a user to enter a song or artist they like and find similar songs that match their preferences.

25 Million + Web Sites on the Internet


Wikipedia begins publishing collaborative encylopedia articles online.


YouTube is created. It is bought by Google 1 year later.

2005 - 2006

YouTube was bought by Google for $1.65 Billion in 2006. Makes you wonder what Google would be willing to pay now?

Grooveshark is formed by college students to offer music online


Hulu comes online


Hulu is a joint venture between NBC, Fox Network, ABC, and ultimately Disney joining in by 2009. All agreed to make television content available in one centralized location.

SourceForge is created hosting a repository of software codes