Internet Firsts – the crazy milestones of the Internet that lead to where we are now

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symbolics was registered on March 15, 1985 by the Symbolics Computer Corporation in Massachusetts. In 2009, the domain name sold to Investments for an undisclosed amount. This website is over 30 years old and shows how far the internet has come.

mushroom In 1994, when Justin Hall was a student at Swarthmore, he created a web-diary called “Justin’s Links from the Underground.” Eventually, the posts focused more and more on his personal life, turning it into the first blog.

the-first-email-the-first-tweet-and-13-other-famous-internet-firsts If it looks funny to you, don’t worry, that was the intention because Les Horribles Cernettes was a comedy band. The photo was uploaded by Tim Berners-Lee, aka the inventor of the World Wide Web.

The first YouTube video was Me at the zoo, a quick 19 second video featuring YouTube’s co-founder Jawed Karim talking about elephants at the San Diego Zoo.


0df5659c-6a0d-40f4-a790-a862546497ee_12 Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey, made the first tweet. At the time, the site was called Twttr.

firstinstagram_02_1920x1080-1 Founder Kevin Systrom made the first Instagram post and of course it was a dog.

image Remember when Amazon used to only be an online bookstore?  The first book ever sold from Amazon was a copy of “Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies.”

1125 The first email was sent by the inventor, Ray Tomlinson, and was sent to himself in 1971. According to The Economist, Tomlinson said that those first emails were “entirely forgettable. I have, therefore, forgotten them.” But the world won’t forget how much Tomlinson shaped the Internet as we know it.

download Six was what most people consider to be the first social networking site, allowing users in 1996 to set up profiles and have friends list. The name was inspired by the idea that everyone in Hollywood is only a maximum of six degrees away from Kevin Bacon.