History of The Internet

1989

AOL launches its instant messenger chat service.

1991

Researchers set up a live shot of a coffee pot which was later put on the internet and was the first webcam.

1992

The first photo, which was the band “Les Horribles Cernettes," was uploaded to the internet.

1994

One of the first known Web purchases takes place: a pepperoni pizza with mushrooms and extra cheese from Pizza Hut.

1995

Amazon.com opens for business, billing itself as the “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore.”

1996

Nokia releases the Nokia 9000 Communicator, the first cellphone with internet capabilities.

1997

  • Netflix launches as a company that sends DVDs to homes via mail.

1999

  • MP3 downloading service Napster launches, overloading high-speed networks in college dormitories. Many colleges ban the service and it is later shut down for enabling the illegal sharing of music files.

2001

  • Jimmy Wales launches Wikipedia. Users write over 20,000 encyclopedia entries in the first year.

2002

  • Microsoft launches Xbox Live, its online multiplayer gaming service."Critics scoffed at the idea, noting how uncommon broadband connections were at the time."

2003

Apple launches iTunes with 200,000 songs for 99¢ each.

2004

Thefacebook launches. 1,200 Harvard students sign up in the first 24 hours.

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