The History of the Internet
by Antonio Villegas
- Tim Berners-Lee develops the first Web browser "WorldWideWeb".
Researchers rig up a live shot of a coffee pot . Later connected to the World Wide Web, it becomes the first webcam.
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.”
- The first banner ad for hotwired.com appears, with the text “Have you ever clicked your mouse right HERE? ”
Amazon.com opens for business, billing itself as the “Earth’s Biggest Bookstore.”
- Microsoft releases Windows 95 and the first version of Internet Explorer.
Nokia releases the Nokia 9000 Communicator, the first cellphone with internet capabilities.
- Netflix launches as a company that sends DVDs to homes via mail.
- 20% of Americans get news from the internet at least once a week, up from 4% in 1995.
- MP3 downloading service Napster launches. It is later shut down for enabling the illegal sharing of music files.