The Internet

Netscape Discontinued

Netscape LogoMarch 1, 2008

America Online discontinues the Netscape web browser. Netscape was the first commercial web browser, largely responsible for helping popularize the Internet in the mid-1990’s. Netscape eventually was overtaken by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, as Microsoft included it for free with every copy of Windows. However, the computer code for Netscape lives on as the basis of the Mozilla Firefox browser project, which continues to gain popularity to this day.

The First Web Browser Introduced

Screenshot of WorldWideWebFebruary 26, 1991

Tim Berners-Lee introduces WorldWideWeb, the first web browser and WYSIWYG HTML editor.

First Internet Only Bank

First Internet Bank LogoFebruary 22, 1999

The First Internet Bank of Indiana opens, becoming the first full-service bank accessible only through the Internet. Who knew it would take a couple of hoosiers to start the first Internet bank?

In the Beginning Apple.com Was Created

February 19, 1987

The Internet domain apple.com is created. Note that this was a full 4 years before the World Wide Web was launched or microsoft.com was registered … I’m just sayin’.

They Put the “You” in “Tube”

YouTube LogoFebruary 15, 2005

The now-ubiquitous video sharing site, YouTube, is launched. Few web sites have had such an immediate impact on our usage of the Internet. Less than 2 years after its launch, Google paid $1.65 billion dollars to purchase it. Today, it only trails Facebook, Google, and Gmail as the most visited web sites in the world. Additionally, they created a new marketplace for the words “you” and “tube”.

She Was Also Famous for Tennis

Anna Kournikova VirusFebruary 12, 2001

Jan de Wit sends out an email stating that it is a picture of the famous tennis player Anna Kournikova. Rather than being a picture of the Russian known more for her looks than her play (although she was ranked as high as #8 in the world in singles and #1 in doubles), it was a malicious script that tried to send itself to every address in a user’s address book and e-mail inbox (Windows users only, of course). The malware was so efficient, it was known to be spreading twice as fast as the “Love Bug” virus that devastated corporate networks a year earlier. The moral of the story is that men are easily manipulated.

Google Maps is Unleashed

Google MapsFebruary 8, 2005

Google Maps is launched to the public. I never had to ask for directions again. Not that I did before.

24 Hours in Cyberspace

24 Hours in CyberspaceFebruary 8, 1996

The massive Internet collaboration “24 Hours in Cyberspace” takes place. It was so early in the history of the mainstream Internet, I bet none of you remember this. I didn’t!

First Victoria’s Secret Webcast

Victoria's Secret

February 5, 1999

Victoria’s Secret holds their first annual online fashion show. The event attracts 1.5 million visitors. While the technology was no where near as advanced as it was today, it was considered the first major successful webcast.

Facebook is Born

Facebook LikeFebruary 4, 2004

Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook, which later becomes Facebook. The world changes forever. And we like it.