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The history of the internet!

Updated on November 30, 2009
1964 Paul Baran
1964 Paul Baran
1984 CSNET
1984 CSNET
1989 Tim Berners-Lee
1989 Tim Berners-Lee
1994 Netscape Navigator
1994 Netscape Navigator
1995 Amazon
1995 Amazon
1998 Google search
1998 Google search
1999 Online auctions
1999 Online auctions
2000 Dotcom bubble
2000 Dotcom bubble
2004 World of warcraft
2004 World of warcraft
2005 Youtube
2005 Youtube
2007 Mobile net
2007 Mobile net

1964: The idea

Paul Baran lays the theoretical foundation

for the Internet with his treatise “On Distributed


1969: The forerunner

The USA starts the first big test: Arpanet goes online. It

only connects four research institutes with each other

1978: New network standard

The IPv4 protocol, which is used even today, is introduced. With

it, computers can be identified by their IP address.

1984: Sending emails

The American platform CSNET sends the first

text message to Germany on August 2, 1984. the

recipient is computer scientist Werner Zorn at

the KarlsruheUniversity.

1988: Internet relay chat

Finnish student Jarkko Oikarinen first puts forward

the idea of chatting on the Internet. The first system

was developed as early as in 1981, as the computer

network BITNET.

1989: ISDN

ISDN is the highlight of CeBIT.

The www interface

British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee is the founder

of the modern Internet. He develops HTML, the World Wide Web

service, and the first web server.

1990: Opening of the network

The outdated Arpanet is hopelessly overloaded and is shut down.

NSF-NET (National Science Foundation) takes its place and opens

the Net for commercial purposes for the first time.

1994: Netscape Navigator

Based on Mosaic, this browser offers a lot of

functions for easy surfing and becomes the market

leader within a year.

1995: Online shops

The first shops go online. Amazon, a small online book

dealer, is one of them. Today, the company has a turnover

of about US$ 15 million.

1998: Search engines

Some search engines, including Yahoo and Altavista, have

already established themselves, but in 1998, Google launches.

Today, it is one of the most admired companies in the world.

1999: Online auctions

Bargain hunters and private retailers

discover the Internet. eBay begins to spread

its wings outside the US.

2000: Dotcom bubble

There is an explosion of start-ups, and stock

market hysteria ensues. The firms cannot live up

to the high expectations, and the market collapses.

2001: Peer to peer

File sharing becomes a popular pass-time. The program Napster

has up to 60 million users. The first lawsuit breaks out and the

service temporarily goes offline.

2004: Online games

World of Warcraft brings the phenomenon

of online games to the mass market. Today,

the game has about 12 million subscribers.

2005: Web 2.0

Static homepages begin to fade away and be replaced

by participative ones. Sites such as YouTube and

Wikipedia are the new highlights on the Net.

2007: The mobile net

Apple’s iPhone shows you how much fun

you can have while surfing on your cell

phone, for the first time. Competitors

follow suit, and the idea of a full mobile

Internet gains popularity.

2010: Future

Always online

The Webciety: cell phones are permanently

connected to the web. Even TVs and home

appliances have Internet connections—IPTV

slowly replaces classic TV. Through cloud

computing, data can be stored on the net and

the user can access it from anywhere.


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    • Cleanclover profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Piece of land!

      Thank you prasetio

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like this history. thanks for share.


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