Ever wondered how the “internet” got started? Here you go…

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1991

TIM BERNERS-LEE INTRODUCES THE WEB


Tim Berners-Lee had developed a system meant to “allow links to be made to any information anywhere,” by combining hypertext with the Internet. On this date, he introduces his Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup and releases all of the files necessary for people to duplicate his invention.

PAUL KUNZ SETS UP FIRST U.S. WEB SERVER


After meeting with Tim Berners-Lee at the CERN Labs (CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research) near Geneva, Paul Kunz (of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC)) sets up the first Web server in North America. Using Berners-Lee’s software, SLAC launches the first U.S. Web site.

1993

MOSAIC WEB BROWSER FOR WINDOWS IS RELEASED

Developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in the U.S., the first-ever Web browser, named Mosaic, is released. Mosaic allows the general public to navigate through the limited but growing amount of information on the Web.

CERN ANNOUNCES FREE USE OF THE WEB

CERN is persuaded by Tim Berners-Lee and a colleague to provide Web technology and codes at no cost for anyone to use. This is a turning point, fueling the rapid expansion of the Web.

‘THE TECH,’ PUBLISHED BY M.I.T. STUDENTS, BECOMES THE FIRST ONLINE NEWSPAPER HTML PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE IS RELEASED FIRST WEBCAM GOES ONLINE

Who says a watched pot never percolates? A group of coffee-drinking computer scientists at Cambridge University, annoyed at having to walk up many flights of stairs only to find the coffee pot empty, install the first Webcam to monitor the pot remotely.

1994

YAHOO! ONLINE

David Filo and Jerry Yang, students at Stanford University, launch “Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web”—a hierarchical directory of other sites. It is later named Yahoo, which stands for Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.

FIRST MAJOR BANNER ADS APPEAR ON WEB SITES

AT&T and Zima (a clear beer that never really caught on) are among the initial crop of banner advertisers.

1995

RADIO HK LAUNCHES FIRST FULL-TIME WEB RADIO STATION ONLINE BOOKSTORE AMAZON.COM IS LAUNCHED

Jeff Bezos launches Cadabra.com, an online bookstore later renamed Amazon.com, one of the first e-commerce sites.

THE WEB BOOM HITS THE STOCK MARKET

Netscape, one of many Web companies to go public, records the third largest IPO share value ever on the NASDAQ exchange.

INTERNET EXPLORER RELEASED

Microsoft launches Internet Explorer as part of Windows 95, igniting the so-called “browser wars.” This signals the end of the Netscape era and ushers in a new series of headaches for site programmers.

EBAY AUCTIONS BEGIN

Originally named AuctionWeb by founder Pierre Omidyar, eBay goes on to facilitate tens of thousands of transactions every day (the first sale is for a broken laser pointer sold for $13.83).

1996

ALTA VISTA IS LAUNCHED AS THE FIRST MULTILINGUAL SEARCH ENGINE

1997

DOMAIN NAME SALE FRENZY HEIGHTENS

The high-priced game of selling domain names turns into a modern-day gold rush, as the domain name Business.com is sold for $150,000. Court cases over domain name ownership rights vs. trademark infringement begin to spring up.

LET THE BLOGGING BEGIN

Jorn Barger, editor of Robot Wisdom, coins the term ‘Weblog’ (later shortened to ‘blog’) to describe the process of logging on the Web.

1998

GOOGLE IS LAUNCHED

From their California garage, Stanford University postgraduates Larry Page and Sergey Brin unveil their research project—a search engine designed to analyze the relationships between Web sites in order to rank their importance.

1999

EVERQUEST GETS ROLLING

Although not exactly a household name, Everquest, a “massively multiplayer online role-playing game” preludes social networking.

MUSIC INDUSTRY GETS ROCKED

Launched by college student Shawn Fanning as a way for him and his friends to find and share mp3 files, Napster becomes the first widely used peer-to-peer file-sharing device. Napster makes it easier for listeners to obtain music (for free) and raises the ire of the music industry. After a series of highly publicized court cases involving Napster, new laws helped shape modern copyright standards and paved the way for newer, legal forms of mp3 download programs, including iTunes.

2000

AOL PURCHASES TIME WARNER

The largest corporate merger to date, the sale of Time Warner to AOL would later become one of the most highly criticized as AOL eventually lost its luster.

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE REACHES AN ALL-TIME HIGH THE NASDAQ REACHES ITS PEAK

The NASDAQ exchange, where many Web and technology stocks are traded, hits its high, thereafter losing ground as investors begin to take a grim look at their Web investments.

2001

NUMBER OF WEB SITES HITS THE 20 MILLION MARK

PODCASTING IS DEAD

The first ever podcast is demonstrated with a Grateful Dead song.

WIKIPEDIA EMERGES

Jimmy Wales launches Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia.

ETOYS.COM FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY JULY WEBVAN FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY

2002 AND BEYOND….

The heyday of easy Web money and the expectation of a radical new economy were gone. In the aftermath, the Web community was left to reexamine itself and how it fit into a world that was now once bitten, twice shy.

Newly minted college grads with big ideas but little practical experience no longer had the luxury of spending millions of dollars of venture capital money at a breakneck pace.

Of course, the Web didn’t go away or even diminish in its importance—it simply became more serious about its usefulness.

For the next few years, few new Web IPOs generated significant media buzz, and the Web began to find its true comfort zone in a new business environment.

MORE TO COME…..

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