7 Defining Moments in Internet Creation

May 22, 2008 at 6:46 pm 2 comments

Right now, in this day and age, the internet encompasses many aspects our lives, crossing many categories that are not even related in the slightest. Research work? Not a problem. Want to buy groceries? Order online. Music? We have download sites everywhere. Planning your overseas honeymoon in a luxurious hotel? Open a browser and find a deal. Moving to another country? Look up requirements in Google, and forums on that country while you’re at it. Need to know the weather? Check out weather sites to zap that info directly on your desktop.

In this world of such convenience, sometimes we have to look back to see what started it all. So here are, for me, the most important moments of the internet, ones that changed the lives of people everywhere.

1. Invention of the Telegraph and Telephone. Samuel Morse invented the telegraph that was quickly adopted by America for practical use. Alexander Graham Bell officially invented the telephone as we know it today, successfully testing it in March 10, 1876. Why is this a defining moment? These two devices were the first ones ever to send information over a distance quickly. The phone lines and cables that resulted still form an important backbone to the internet today. Phones also convert an electronic signal to an analog one, the basis of modems.

2. Launch of Sputnik 1. This USSR craft launched on October 4, 1957, the first artificial satellite. It was the dawn of global telecommunications. Satellites today transmit all kinds of data all over the world, including the internet!

3. Creation of ARPANET. Known as the predecessor of the internet, ARPANET was developed for the military to exchange information. It sent data in packets, much like what the current internet does! Four nodes in different universities formed this primitive network. If ARPANET had not worked, the internet could have been set back another decade.

4. E-mail is invented. 1971 marked an important year for the internet, with the creation of e-mail, sending letters across the internet. It is still a mainstay in internet communications, and will probably be used throughout a person’s internet life.

5. International networks. 1973 saw the first international internet connection. At around this time, Ethernet, gateway protocols, and FTP are invented. It became apparent that you can connect computers on a global scale! 1976 further cemented this, as networking spread to more and more computers.

6. Internet boom. At around 1983-1984, a large number of nodes were created because of name servers and DNS, using names instead of numbers which made it easier to remember and communicate with. Another reason for the boom was the spread of desktop computers, enabling more people to connect.

7. World Wide Web. Tim Berners-Lee released the WWW as we know it, which provided easy information to anywhere in the world with much simpler methods. Browsers came out. Multimedia is released a year later.

The internet took almost a century to finally morph into what we know today. It’s amazing how progress works, indeed.

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  • 1. baba  |  May 23, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Make it 8, blue wave — you’re forgetting the invention of money! Thanks to the moron(s) invented such trait for creating the global weighting burden ever known to mankind: obligatories to pay internet bills :'(. Well, at least, i should work my ass hard to pay the bill while i’m in the state of being jobless now :-[.

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  • 2. debbit  |  May 27, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    oh heck….and all this time I thought AL Gore invented the internet

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