The other day, I realized that it’s been 20 years since I created my first website. That’s quite a milestone when you think about it, and in terms of the internet, it’s ancient history! I don’t know exactly what it looked like back then, but if you hit this link you can see how it was back in March 1997.
Did you look? Yikes, that was so… Web 1.0.
That got me to thinking of the many events that happened between now and then. Some things are still around, and some things didn’t quite last. This list doesn’t show everything that happened, so if I missed something you think I should have mentioned, let me know in the comments.
- Jerry and David’s guide to the World Wide Web goes online. Three months later, it is renamed Yahoo!
- Dave Winer, creator of the Scripting News, begins blogging.
- Netscape Navigator is released.
- Amazon.com goes online.
- eBay is founded.
- RealPlayer is released.
- Microsoft releases Windows 95 and Internet Explorer.
- The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is signed into law by President Bill Clinton
- The DMCA is signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
- Larry Page and Sergey Brin begin a research project at Stanford University that would shortly become Google.
- Microsoft releases Windows 98.
- The Matrix is released to movie theaters, then six months later on DVD.
- Napster goes online.
- Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace is released to movie theaters.
- Apple introduces the first iPod.
- Napster shuts down.
- Strong Bad posts his first email.
- Wil Wheaton begins blogging at wilwheaton.net.
- Microsoft releases Windows XP.
- Facebook is founded.
- Amazon introduces the first Amazon Kindle.
- Apple introduces the first iPhone.
- Microsoft releases Windows Vista.
- Hulu launches for public access.
- The original Beatles recordings are remastered and released on CD.
- Microsoft releases Windows 7.
- The Motorola Xoom tablet is introduced.
- Pebble Technology releases the Pebble smart watch.
- Edward Snowden leaks classified documents from the NSA.
- U2 releases their album Songs of Innocence for free on the iTunes Store for all iTunes users. Many users do not appreciate this “gift” and want to return it. Bono says “sorry about that.”