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
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.
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.
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.
In the course of one year the internet went from having one website, to having ten websites
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.
By 1993 there are 623 websites on the internet, as opposed to 1 in 1990
Craigslist is an online website, offering free classified advertising. In 1999 it was made Cragslist Inc. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craigslist
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 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 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, founded in 2005, is a free video sharing website, where users can upload, share, and view videos. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youtube
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
Sourceforge merged with Open Source Technology Group in 2007 and now offers 230,000 software programs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geeknet
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
In 2008 alone almost 30 million websites were added to the internet