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15/11/2010 / jerometanuk

Timeline for Internet

Here is the timeline for Internet. Please feel free to cut it down where you want it if you need to as I won’t be able to meet everyone on Monday. I will mostly talk about the 1990s and 2000s for Existing and 1960s-1980s for Redundant. I put a star on the ones I want to keep for the presentation.


*1962 – (Aug) J.C.R Licklider and Welden Clark published the paper “On-Line Man Computer Communication”, one of the first descriptions of a networked future

*1969 – (Oct) The first ARPANET link was established between the University of California and Stanford Research Institute


*1974 – (Dec) FIrst time the term ‘Internet’ was used, it was used in a published RFC document known as Specification of Internet Transmission Control Program (by Vinton Cerf, Yogen Dalal and Carl Sunshine) as an abbreviation of the term internetworking. It is used to describe any network using Transmission Control Protocol & Internet Protocol. It became regularly used in the late 1980s to describe a large global TCP/IP network.

*1978 –  First international packet switched network (IPSS) in UK and USA through a collaboration between British Post Office, Western Union International and Tymnet.

*1979 – First electronic mail service made public to personal computer users set up by CompuServe


1980 First online chat service (real-time chat) known as CB Simulator made public by CompuServe

*Late 1980s – First Internet Service Providers companies were created opening the internet to commercial use.

*1989-1990 – The creation of HTML, it’s browser and server software created by Tim Berners-Lee


1991 – Visual Basic released for windows by Microsoft

*1994 – Java Known as Oak in 1991 rewritten for internet renamed JAVA. Simpler to C++ has only dynamic arrays.

*1994 – (Jan)  Yahoo founded by David Filo & Jerry Yang

1995 – PHP Multi-platform scripting language embedded inside HTML. Can build dynamic pages.

*1995 – JavaScript Scripting language to embed procedural code in web pages. Used for other applications i.e. XML based languages. Shared syntax with Java and C.

*1995 – (Mar) First wiki created for Portland Pattern Repository, Ward Cunningham created WikiWikiWeb

1996 – ASP version 1.0 released by Microsoft

1998 – (Sept) Google first incorporated as a privately held company founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin

*1998 – XML recommended by w3c

*1999 – (July) Suggested web 2.0 term first coined in article by Darcy DiNucci


2000 – C sharp .NET main language to program through internet by Microsoft

2001  – Wikipedia launched founded by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger

2002 – Friendster launch founded by Jonathan Abrams and Ross Mackinnon in California

2003 – (Aug) MySpace first launched created by eUniverse employees with Friendster accounts. Overseen by Brad Greenspan

*2004 – (Feb) Facebook first launched created by Mark Zuckerberg et al

*2004 – Tim O’Reilly used the term web 2.0 in conference, the new buzzword

2004  – (Feb) Scala pure object oriented language implements Python features Java syntax.

2005  – Rupert Murdoch bought over MySpace and eUniverse company

*2005  – Youtube founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim


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