Can you believe that the internet is 20 years old?!?! Well here’s a list of the first things on the internet.
The founder of the World Wide Web is a guy named Tim Berners-Lee from CERN, a physics laboratory in Switzerland. He had a friend scan some photos from a party they’d just had, and upload one of four women in dresses that are VERY early ’90s.
The first email was sent by a programmer named Ray Tomlinson in 1971. He made the decision to use the “at” symbol as part of email addresses . . . and sent an email explaining to his coworkers how to use email.
The first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer that belonged to the founder of the site, PIERRE OMIDYAR. He sold it in September of 1995 for $14.
The first tweet was sent by Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter. On March 21st, 2006, he wrote, quote, “just setting up my twttr.” No capitalization, spelling, or punctuation . . . in other words, a perfect tweet.
The first domain name was Symbolics.com, and was registered by a computer manufacturing company called Symbolics on March 15th, 1985. That company no longer exists . . . the domain now shows an infographic about web history.
The first YouTube video was posted on April 23rd, 2005 by YouTube’s forgotten founder, Jawed Karim. It’s a pointless 19-second video of him at the zoo.
The first search engine was called Archie and was made by a student in Montreal in 1990. It’s actually still up, but it only lets you search Polish websites.
The first Facebook user was, obviously, MARK ZUCKERBERG. The second was one of his roommates and co-founders, Chris Hughes.
The first porno website is harder to trace . . . but it’s believed to be sex.com, which was created in the mid ’80s.