The Department of Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) invented the ARPANET network.
Their internet concept was small at first- only four computers! They joined computers at four universities in the United States to try Paul Baran’s ideas.
Ray Tomlinson invented a program that lets people send mail electronically-email!
He chose the @ symbol for email addresses because it means "at." Over the years, programmers invented email programs to reply and forward messages, attach files, and more.
1973 The first computer-to-computer chat took place between a person at Stanford University and a person at Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc (BBN) in Massachusetts.
Today you can "Instant Message" or IM friends using programs such as Messenger and even your phone.
The Network Voice Protocol was invented as a way to allow people to send voice over the Internet.
People could now have a conference call, which is a group of people talking about a topic in "real-time."
The DNS or Domain Name System is invented.
DNS is a list of places on the Internet. It acts like your phone number or home address on how people can find websites on the Internet.
Jean Armour Polly was the first to coin the term “surfing the Internet.”
Surfing the internet means to be browsing the internet.
PayPal was invented
This idea allowed for a financial service that transferred money from a purchaser to a seller, while keeping information such as credit card number private. Later PayPal was bought by eBay. Today, it continues to be a secure way to make online purchases.
With the launch of the iTunes Store, people could purchase and download music legally.
Later the store would expand to include tv shows, audiobooks, movies, and other media. Today, the number of files purchased from the store is in the billions.
Facebook was invented.
This allowed people to join its online community to share messages, photos, videos, links, and more with members.
YouTube is created
This is a video sharing site that allows people to post and view videos. Today, billions of people post videos on YouTube!