History of the Internet

An integral part of today's technology that has been slowly evolving and growing since the 1950s

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The Internet is Born

October 29, 1969

The first message was sent at 10:30 pm on this night, the first message on a packet switching network named ARPANET.

Slow Growth of Arpanet - 13 computers on the network

1970

Continued Arpanet Growth - 23 Computers

1971

100 Computers Connected to the Internet

1977

1,000 Computers Connected to the Internet

1984

10,000 Computers Connected to the Internet

1987

1 million Computers connected to the Internet

1992

10 Million Computers Connected to the Internet

1996

100 Million Computers Connected to the Internet

2001

Over 1.5 Billion People with Access to the internet

2010

Significant Contributions to the internet

America Online, AOL, begins selling games to people through the internet

1980

Development of the World Wide Web

1989 - 1990

Slow Growth of Number of Websites

1991 - 1995

1991 - 1
1992 - 4
1993 - 623
1994 - 10,022
1995 - 23,500

Linux operating system developed by Linus Torvald

1991

PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin begin developing Google

1996

AOL transfers to a monthly, unlimited use, fee for internet access

1996

Over 600,000 Websites available through the internet

1996

over 1 Million Websites

1997

over 25 million websites

2000

AOL reaches 30 million subscribers

2001

This was the height of AOL's popularity, roughly 10% of internet users used AOL at this time.

First 'smartphone' able to access the internet

2001

Wikipedia is born from the expert reviewed Nupedia

2001

MySpace is one of the first popular social networking sites

2003

Facebook is launched

2004

Beginning as a Harvard student's simple idea, it soon grew to a national and global phenomenon

YouTube is Created

2005

Hulu is launched to the public

2007

30 Million new websites added this year alone

2008

Spotify, a music streaming application, is launched

2008

230 million websites

2010