- Archie, the first tool to search the internet is developed by McGill University student Alan Emtage.
- The term “surfing the internet” is coined and popularized.
- CERN places its World Wide Web technology in the public domain, donating it to the world.
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.
Amazon.com opens for business, billing itself as the “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore.”
Nokia releases the Nokia 9000 Communicator, the first cellphone with internet capabilities.
- Google.com registers as a domain.
- The Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) takes over responsibility for the coordination of the global internet’s systems of unique identifiers.
- 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.