Over 100 Million Computers connected to the internet
Significant Contributions to the Internet
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
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
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 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
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.