The History of the Internet

by Antonio Villegas

1900-1999

1990

  • Tim Berners-Lee develops the first Web browser "WorldWideWeb".

1991

Researchers rig up a live shot of a coffee pot . Later connected to the World Wide Web, it becomes the first webcam.

1992

The term “surfing the internet” is coined and popularized.

1993

  • CERN places its World Wide Web technology in the public domain, donating it to the world.

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.”

1994

  • The first banner ad for hotwired.com appears, with the text “Have you ever clicked your mouse right HERE? ”

1995

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

1995

  • Microsoft releases Windows 95 and the first version of Internet Explorer.

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.

1998

  • 20% of Americans get news from the internet at least once a week, up from 4% in 1995.

1999

  •   MP3 downloading service Napster launches. It is later shut down for enabling the illegal sharing of music files.

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