Internet Timeline

1989

1990

  • Archie, the first tool to search the internet is developed by McGill University student Alan Emtage.

1991

Researchers rig up a live shot of a coffee pot so they could tell from their computer screens when a fresh pot had been brewed. Later connected to the World Wide Web, it becomes the first webcam.

1992

1993

1994

Yahoo! is created by Stanford University graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo. They originally named the site “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web.

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

1998

  • The Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) takes over responsibility for the coordination of the global internet’s systems of unique identifiers.

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.

2000

The NASDAQ hits a record high of 5,048,before plunging by 78% during the dot com bust. A 2001 survey finds 71% of Americans who had heard about the dot com troubles believe a major cause of the dot-com woes is that investors were eager to make a lot of money and took at lot of risks.

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