The Internet is 40 and the Web is 20

Born on the 29th October 1969, the Internet is over 40 years old, but it wasn’t until 1990 that the worldwide web was founded.  The Virtual Revolution (currently in production) by the BBC explores what the web has done for us in the past 20 years.  Check out the microsite.

The Guardian also celebrates 40 years of the Internet and explores more such as Arpanet – the first network and the father of the modern Internet.

Some key moments:

  • 1969   Arpanet – the Internet is born
  • 1971   Email – is sent and received
  • 1978   MUD – the pioneering online game
  • 1985   Symbolics.com – the oldest URL is registered
  • 1989   Archie – the first search engine
  • 1990   www – the worldwide web is born
  • 1991   webpage – the first one appears
  • 1992   Erwise – the initial browser with a GUI
  • 1994   Justin’s links – the blog that started it all
  • 1995   eBay – makes its first sale (a broken printer for $14.83)
  • 1995   wikiwikiweb – the first wiki entry is “hello world”
  • 1995   Classmates – the original social networking site
  • 1996   HoTMail – the first webmail service appears
  • 2000   The dot.com bubble bursts
  • 2003   4chan – the original playground for memes launches
  • 2004    Facebook – pokes us for the first time
  • 2005   Youtube – shares its first video (see below)
  • 2006   Twitter – is created
  • 2007   iPlayer – gives us TV on the net
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