5 Famous Internet Firsts

Take a look at these Internet firsts which have shaped web history as we know it! Whether it be email, social or web, explore how technology has developed over the years.

1. The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971. “The test messages were entirely forgettable. . . . Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar,” he said.


2.The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com on March 15, 1985. Now it serves as a historic site.

3. Joe McCambley ran the first banner ad ever online. It went live in October 1994 on HotWired.com and it promoted 7 art museums, sponsored by AT&T.AT&T first banner ad Hotwired

4.The first ever website was dedicated to content about the World Wide Web, it went live on August 6, 1991. Here’s the url:http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

5.The first picture ever uploaded on the web was posted by Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) on behalf of a comedy band called Les Horrible Cernettes.


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In a little more detail….

1971 - You have mail

Ray Tomlinson sends the first email while working on Arpanet.

1978 - Mass Mail

Gary Thuerk, marketing manager sends the first mass-marketing email to 400 users and it generated $13 million in sales.

1991 – Hello Internet

The Internet gets a larger audinece.

1992 – Goodbye dial up

The first smartphone made mobile emails accessible.

1996 - Hotmail says free

Hotmail launches the first free web email service, allowing us to reach the masses.

1998 – Spam

The growth of emailing marketing and the large bank of data collected had great benefits for the development of email but it was soon followed by unwanted commercial mail.

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