History of the Internet

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Internet is Born

10/29/1969 10:30 pm

13 Computers on Network

1970

23 Computers on the Network

1971

60 Computers on the Network

1975

Computers on Network break 100 barrier

1977

10,000 Computers now on the Network

1987

Computers go from 10,000 to over 100,000

1987 - 1989

Over one million computers connected

1992

Over 10 million users connected now

1996

Over 100 Million Computers connected to the internet

2001

Significant Contributions to the Internet

Gutenberg Project

1971

The Gutenberg Project is an example of open source software. This website is the oldest digital library, and strives to keep it's content (over 30,000 digital books) as free as possible. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_gutenberg

PC

1978 - 1986

In the late 1970's PC's were made available to the public to buy. By the mid 1980's many households owned some, and when the world wide web was invented in early 1990's the hardware was already available for use.

America Online (AOL) sells video games to people

1980

Customers would pay $1 to download a game, which they could then play as many times as they wanted...until they closed out of the game.

The World Wide Web is Invented

1989 - 1990

Over the course of a year, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web, which is a series of interlinked, hypertext documents. Hypertext is text is interlinked to other text, and allows communication.

One Website to Ten Websites

1990 - 1991

In the course of one year the internet went from having one website, to having ten websites

Linux

1991

Linux is an open source operating system (the code and software is available and free to anyone who wants to use it) began development in 1991 by a college student, Linus Torvald.

623 Websites

1993

By 1993 there are 623 websites on the internet, as opposed to 1 in 1990

Craigslist

1995 - 1999

Craigslist is an online website, offering free classified advertising. In 1999 it was made Cragslist Inc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craigslist

AOL Changes Their Internet Service

1996 - 2001

In 1996 AOL began providing unlimited, free internet service. In only three years (in 1999), their subscriber numbers reached over 10 million, and by 2001 they had an estimated 30 million subscribers.

Google

9/4/1998

Google is a multinational public cloud computing and Internet search technologies corporation. It is mainly a free search engine, that makes its money by advertising for websites and companies, but allowing people to search for free.

Wikipedia

2001

Wikipedia is a free internet excyclopedia. It is available in many languages, and has information on most any subject. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia

Youtube

2005

Youtube, founded in 2005, is a free video sharing website, where users can upload, share, and view videos. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube

Grooveshark

2007

Grooveshark is an international, online music search engine, that allows people to play and listen to songs for free. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grooveshark

Hulu

2007

Hulu (founded in 2007) offers commercially sponsored streaming video of TV shows and movies from networks and studios such as: NBC, Fox, and ABC. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hulu

Sourceforge

2007

Sourceforge merged with Open Source Technology Group in 2007 and now offers 230,000 software programs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geeknet

30 Million Websites Added

2008

In 2008 alone almost 30 million websites were added to the internet