For people under 40 years of age, it’s probably difficult to remember a time before the world wide web. And, for the younger people in that group it is, of course, impossible. Whatever your age, we are all so reliant on the internet, it's hard to imagine life without it. As a leading Fort Collins internet provider, we think it’s fascinating to look back at how the web came to be.
Weaving the Web
While the earliest forms of what would become the “internet” were created in the 1960s, the world wide web really took off in the 1990s. And, the result is the amazingly powerful platform you have available to you today.
- 1965 - Two computers at MIT communicate with one another using what is known as packet-switching technology.
- 1972 - Computer programmer Ray Tomlinson debuts network email. The Internetworking Working Group (INWG) is created to help develop standard protocols.
- 1973 - The term internet is coined.
- 1982 - Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP) (TCP/IP) becomes the standard communication “protocol.”
- 1984 - Author William Gibson is the first to use the term "cyberspace."
- 1985 - The website for Symbolics Computer Corp., Symbolics.com, is the first registered domain.
- 1990 - Scientist Tim Berners-Lee develops HyperText Markup Language. HTML is still used today.
- 1992 - Audio and video files are sent over the internet for the first time. The phrase "surfing the internet" becomes popular.
- 1993 - There are 600 websites on the internet.
- 1994 - Stanford electrical engineering grad students Jerry Yang and David Filo create Yahoo!
- 1995 - Companies like Prodigy, Compuserve, and America Online start providing internet access. In addition, Amazon, eBay, and Craigslist are among internet pioneers.
- 1996 - “The Dancing Baby,” a 3D animation, is one of the first videos to “go viral.”
- 1997 - The term “weblog” is coined and quickly shortened to “blog.”
- 1998 - Google launches its revolutionary search engine.
- 2003 - Facebook debuts. Also, WordPress, a platform for publishing blog posts, is launched.
- 2005 - YouTube and Reddit both come online.
- 2006 - Twitter is launched. The first tweet, from founder Jack Dorsey: "just setting up my twttr."
- 2010: Instagram and Pinterest are launched. Also, the number of active users on Facebook reaches 400 million.
- 2013 - Pew Research Center reports that 51% of U.S. adults say they bank online.
- 2015 - Instagram reaches 400 million users.
- 2016 - Approximately 40% of the world population has an internet connection.
- 2017 - Internet speeds skyrocket. In addition, user numbers continue to grow rapidly.
What Will Fort Collins Internet Be Like in the Future?
So, how will the world wide web have changed in five, 10, or 20 years? We’ll share our thoughts in a future blog post. But for now, if you want to know more about Fort Collins internet from FRII, please drop us a line using the Contact Us form. And, you can also stop by our facility or call us at 800-935-6527.