A message was sent from the computer at UCLA to the one at Stanford. The message was supposed to be the word "login." The "l" and the "o" transmitted without problem but then the system crashed. Hence, the first message on the ARPANET was "lo".
Growth was incredibly slow. In 1970 the number of computers on this new network had grown from 4 to 13. In 1971 the number would increase to 23. It wouldn’t be until 1977 before the hundred computer barrier would be broken, and not until 1984 before more than a thousand computers were on the network.
Why the slow growth?
As more and more people had computers, more people ‘logged on’. This meant there was more value for other people to log on, because there were already people online doing new things.
AOL had over 30 Million global users. That means over 10% of users on the Internet were using AOL.
The growth of the web has slowed in recent years, but it continues to grow. In 2008 almost 30 million new sites were added to the internet.