Internet History Statistics

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1969 Advanced Research Projects Agency goes online connecting four U.S. universities
1972 Electronic mail is introduced by Ray Tomlinson at Cambridge Massachusetts
1973 TCP/IP and FTP is designed to allow communication and file sharing from computer to computer
1974 The word "internet" is used for the first time
1984 Domain Name System (DNS) is established with network addresses identified by .com .org .edu
1986 Quantum Computer Services which later changes names to American Online debuts
1989 The World ( debuts as the first dial-up Internet access for consumers
1989 Tim Berners-Lee develops hypertext and hyperlinks giving the web it’s first graphical user interface
1990 The first internet index is created by Peter Deutsch who devices "Archie" an archive of FTP sites
1991 Gopher debuts which provides point-and-click navigation and becomes the most popular interface
1993 Mosaic becomes the dominant navigating system for the World Wide Web
1994 "Spamming" is coined as commerce sites launch mass marketing campaigns via email
1994 Marc Andreessen and Jim Clark start Netscape Communications and debut the Navigator browser
1994 Yahoo! is founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo
1995 CompuServe, America Online, and Prodigy start providing dial-up internet access
1995 Sun Microsystems releases the internet programming language Java
1995 AuctionWeb later named ebay is launched
1995 is launched and sells its first book
1995 Craigslist is created by Craig Newmark first as an email to friends of local social events
1996 45 million people are using the internet, 30 million of those are in the U.S. and Canada
1998 Google opens its first office in California
1999 College student Shawn Fanning invents Napster an music file sharing program
1999 The 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
1999 is launched
2000 and Confinity merge to form
2000 The internet bubble bursts as the Nasdaq stock plunges causing many dotcoms to close
2000 America Online buys Time Warner for $16 billion. It’s the biggest merger of all time
2001 Wikipedia is created
2002 58.8 % of the U.S. population uses the internet. Worldwide there are 544.2 million users
2003 An estimated 2.6 billion music files are being illegally downloaded each month
2003 Apple introduces iTunes Music Store allowing people to download songs for 99 cents each
2004 Facebook is launched by Mark
2004 Online spending reaches a record high – $117 billion
2005 is launched
2006 There are more than 92 million websites online
2006 is founded by Julian Assange
2006 is launched
2007 World of Warcraft surpasses 9 million subscribers worldwide
2007 Microsoft buys aQuantive for $6 billion in a move to catch up with Google
2008 Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6 billion
2008 is launched
2012 There are now 2.267 billion Internet users worldwide


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Sources:, Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 6, 2016

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