The internet as we know it was born in 1965 when Thomas Merrill and Lawrence G. Roberts connected two computers together in Massachusetts and California over dial-up. The ARPANET was later developed by DARPA by the end of 1969.
First web browser was called Nexus in 1990, MidasWWW followed it in 1992 along with Lynx which was a text-based browser without images or graphics. In 1993, Mosaic is regarded as the first ‘real’ web browser and it allowed the user to display images.
In 1995, Internet Explorer was released by Microsoft for Windows computers. In 1996, Opera was created initially as a research project. Safari followed in 2003 and was Apple’s first browser. Mozilla Firefox was the first free, open-source browser released in 2004. In 2008, Google’s Chrome was launched and now makes up over 51% of browser usage on the planet. Recently, Microsoft released it’s Edge browser to compete with Google’s Chrome.
The entire internet is full of methods for people to communicate with one another. These methods include social networking, email, wikis and blogs, podcasts and webcasts, and streaming media. Social networking uses social media programs like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter to make connections with other people. Social networking plays a large role in marketing of famous people and companies. Email is an electronic form of mail that lets people send text, files, and images to specific people or a group of individuals. Most people send email using a service like Outlook or Gmail. Wikis are like online encyclopedias that are open to additions and edits by anyone who uses them and are a good place to find quick information. The information you find there should be double-checked with other sources. A blog is short for a weblog and is basically an individual’s online journal that is open to users or the public. Podcasts and webcasts are online recordings or videos that are uploaded, posted, and viewable by the public. Streaming media is usually hosted by a service like YouTube and includes audio-visual videos and recordings.
Ecommerce is online commercial transactions. Ecommerce websites include selling products and services. Products can be apparel, food, digital products, or just about anything and services include consultants, and freelancers. Most ecommerce transactions take place in a marketplace like Amazon or eBay.