The History of the Internet

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The first message was sent on the ARPANET

October 29, 1969

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".

The Slow Growth of Computers in the 70's

1970 - 1984

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?

PC's Were First Made Available For Household Use

1977 - 1979

Prices of Computers Dropped Dramatically

1986 - 1994

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.

The 10,000 Barrier Was Broken!

1987

The 100,000 Barrier Was Broken!

1989

One Website In Exsistence

1991

Four Websites In Exsistence

1992

The 1,000,000 Barrier Was Broken!

1992

623 Websites In Exsistence

1993

10,022 Websites In Exsistence

1994

23,500 Websites In Exsistence

1995

603,367 Websites In Exsistence

1996

The 10,000,000 Barrier Was Broken!

1996

1,681,868 Websites In Exsistence

1997

3,689,227 Websites In Exsistence

1998

9,560,491 Websites In Exsistence

1999

25,675,581 Websites In Exsistence

2000

AOL at its height

2001

AOL had over 30 Million global users. That means over 10% of users on the Internet were using AOL.

The 100,000,000 Barrier Was Broken!

2001

Over 30 Million Sites Were Created In 2008 Alone

2008

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.

Over 1.7 Billion Users Use The Internet

2010

Over 230 million Websites In Exsistence

2010