Internet History Timeline
1958 – Government creates the ARPA (Advanced Research Projects Agency)
1961 – Leonard Kleinrock pioneers the packet-switching concept –a digital networking communications method where groups all transmitted data – regardless of content, type, or structure – into suitably sized blocks, called packets.
1963 – ASCII is developed: The first universal standard for computers, (American Standard Code for Information Exchange) permits machines from different manufacturers to exchange data.
1967 - Donald Davies Publishes First Packet-switching Paper
1972 - Ray Tomlinson Invents Email
1973 - Ethernet Invented at Xerox Parc
1974 - Vint Cerf, Robert Kahn Coin the term 'Internet'
1977 - Lawrence Landweber creates Computer Science Network; a network for all US university and industrial computer research groups.
1983 - Paul Mockapetris invents Domain Name System
1989 – AOL launches Instant Messenger Chat
1989 - Tim Berners-Lee Creates WWW
1990 - Linus Torvalds Creates Linux
1991 - Al Gore creates bill to fund "Information Superhighway"
1991 - World Wide Web Opens to Public
1992 - The term “surfing the internet” is coined and popularized
1993 – NCSA releases Mosaic Browser
1995 - Amazon.com opens for business
1996 - Brewster Kahle founds Internet Archive; E-mail surpasses postal
1998 - Blogs first appear
1999 - Craig Newmark founds Craigslist
1999 – Napster launches
2000 - Aaron Swartz co-creates RSS
2001 - Jimmy Wales launches Wikipedia
2002 – Microsoft launches Xbox live
2003 – Skype launches
2004 – Facebook launched
2005 – YouTube founded
2006 – Twitter microblogging
2007 – Apple releases first iPhone
2008 - World of Warcraft hits 11.5 million subscribers
2010 - Social photo-sharing sites Pinterest and Instagram launch
2011 - Royal wedding is biggest Internet event; UCLA opens Internet History Center
2012 - Facebook reaches 1 billion monthly active users
2012 - Ecommerce sales top $1 trillion worldwide
2013 - A majority (56%) of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind
2013 - 51% of U.S. adults bank online
This information was compiled by Rosa Rosales, an MVC librarian.