Internet History Statistics

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YearEvent
1969Advanced Research Projects Agency goes online connecting four U.S. universities
1972Electronic mail is introduced by Ray Tomlinson at Cambridge Massachusetts
1973TCP/IP and FTP is designed to allow communication and file sharing from computer to computer
1974The word "internet" is used for the first time
1984Domain Name System (DNS) is established with network addresses identified by .com .org .edu
1986Quantum Computer Services which later changes names to American Online debuts
1989The World (world.std.com) debuts as the first dial-up Internet access for consumers
1989Tim Berners-Lee develops hypertext and hyperlinks giving the web it’s first graphical user interface
1990The first internet index is created by Peter Deutsch who devices "Archie" an archive of FTP sites
1991Gopher debuts which provides point-and-click navigation and becomes the most popular interface
1993Mosaic becomes the dominant navigating system for the World Wide Web
1994"Spamming" is coined as commerce sites launch mass marketing campaigns via email
1994Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark start Netscape Communications and debut the Navigator browser
1994Yahoo! is founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo
1995CompuServe, America Online, and Prodigy start providing dial-up internet access
1995Sun Microsystems releases the internet programming language Java
1995AuctionWeb later named ebay is launched
1995Amazon.com is launched and sells its first book
1995Craigslist is created by Craig Newmark first as an email to friends of local social events
199645 million people are using the internet, 30 million of those are in the U.S. and Canada
1998Google opens its first office in California
1999College student Shawn Fanning invents Napster an music file sharing program
1999The number of Internet users worldwide reaches 150 million, 75 million in the U.S.
1999"E-commerce" becomes the new buzzword as internet shopping rapidly spreads
1999MySpace.com is launched
2000X.com and Confinity merge to form PayPal.com
2000The internet bubble bursts as the Nasdaq stock plunges causing many dotcoms to close
2000America Online buys Time Warner for $16 billion. It’s the biggest merger of all time
2001Wikipedia is created
200258.8 % of the U.S. population uses the internet. Worldwide there are 544.2 million users
2003An estimated 2.6 billion music files are being illegally downloaded each month
2003Apple introduces iTunes Music Store allowing people to download songs for 99 cents each
2004Facebook is launched by Mark
2004Online spending reaches a record high – $117 billion
2005YouTube.com is launched
2006There are more than 92 million websites online
2006Wikleaks.org is founded by Julian Assange
2006Twitter.com is launched
2007World of Warcraft surpasses 9 million subscribers worldwide
2007Microsoft buys aQuantive for $6 billion in a move to catch up with Google
2008Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion
2008Wikileaks.org is launched
2012There are now 2.267 billion Internet users worldwide

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Sources: Wikipedia.org, Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 6, 2016

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