FIRST WEB SITE EVER CREATED
The first web site was built by Tim Berners-Lee and was first put online on August 6, 1991 (it’s no longer running).
It provided an explanation about what the internet was, how to get your own browser, how to set up your own web server and so on.
FIRST WEB SERVER EVER USED
The historic NeXT computer used by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, on display in the Microcosm exhibition at CERN. It was the first web server, hypermedia browser and web editor.
FIRST EMAIL EVER SEND
The first email was sent in 1971 between two PDP-10 computers in Cambridge (USA) by an engineer Ray Tomlinson, a partner in the development of the first major computer network Arpanet, the precursor of today’s Internet.
The first email was addressed by Tomlinson to himself .The text of that first electronic missive consisted of « something like QWERTYUIOP »and was supposed to have contained the message Testing 1-2-3 . He was also the first person to use the @ symbol in the email address. Soon, Tomlinson’s ideas were generalised and incorporated in the electronic mail software on Arpanet by the end of 1972.
FIRST BANNER AD EVER
When HotWired decided to make money from their website in 1994, they set in motion events that would come back to haunt us all: The creation of banner ads.
AT&T was the first to dish over some money to HotWired to display the beast they created, a 468 x 60 banner that came to life on October 25 1994.
The world’s first banner was quite the ugly thing as seen below and clicking it will lead you nowhere, but just in case you really have the urge to click the world’s first banner ad we’ve linked it to a link worthy of your intelligence.
TIMELINE OF THE FIRST BLOG EVER MADE
Sometime in 1971
Les Earnest, currently a senior research scientist emeritus at Stanford University, creates the finger protocol.
The finger protocol becomes an official standard.
Swarthmore student Justin Hall begins compiling lists of links at his site, links.net, and continues adding to the site for 11 years.
Early online diarist Carolyn Burke publishes her first entry for Carolyn’s Diary.
Dave Winer launches Scripting News, which he calls the longest-running Web log currently on the Internet.
Slashdot begins publishing « News for Nerds. »
Jorn Barger RobotWisdom.com site apparently becomes the first to call itself a Web log.
Sometime in 1999
Brad Fitzpatrick launches Livejournal, which he calls his « accidental success. »
Sometime in 1999
Peter Merholz of peterme.com declares he has decided « to pronounce the word ‘weblog’ as ‘wee-blog.’ Or ‘blog’ for short. »
Three friends who founded a San Francisco start-up called Pyra Labs create a tool called Blogger « more or less on a whim. »
First crop of blogs nominated for the « Bloggies » award.
First version of Movable Type content management software becomes available.
Google acquires Pyra and its Blogger software.
First official version of WordPress open-source blogging software released for download.
Six Apart releases first version of its Typepad blogging service.
Boston-based Steve Garfield launches his video blog, considered one of the first such « vlogs. »
VeriSign buys Dave Winer’s Weblogs.com. Around the same time, AOL snaps up blog publisher Weblogs Inc.
Veteran blogger Jason Kottke abandons his yearlong attempt to live off of micropayments through his blog.
Members of the Media Bloggers Association number among the first bloggers to receive press credentials from a federal court.
Freelance video blogger Josh Wolf becomes the longest-serving journalist behind bars in U.S. history on contempt charges.