In the Beginning Was Created

February 19, 1987

The Internet domain is created. Note that this was a full 4 years before the World Wide Web was launched or 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.

First Use of the Word “Podcast”

February 11, 2004

In an article “Audible Revolution” published by The Guardian on this date, Ben Hammersley described a trend of amateur radio on the Internet. With no established name for this new phenomenon, Hammersley suggested the terms Audioblogging, GuerillaMedia, and Podcasting. Given the popularity of the Apple iPod and how many people were using the iPod to listen to these prerecorded audio shows, the term Podcasting stuck and the rest is history!

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.

Yahoo! Buys GeoCities

GeoCities LogoJanuary 28, 1999

Yahoo! buys GeoCities for $3.65 billion USD. GeoCities was an early web hosting service getting its start in 1994. As a testament to its popularity, there were at least 38 million pages remaining on GeoCities when Yahoo!  shut it down in 2009.

Jim Clark Leaves Silicon Graphics

Netscape LogoJanuary 27, 1994

Silicon Graphics Inc. co-founder Jim Clark leaves the company to start Mosaic Communications, the operation that later became Netscape Communications Corp. With Netscape cofounder Marc Andreesen, Clark helped popularize the World Wide Web by distributing the company’s browser for free.