List of firsts in internet history

Nov 12, 2018, 10:00 IST
  • List of firsts in internet history

    First spam or bulk email
    Spam also known as junk email or unsolicited bulk email (UBE), is a subset of electronic spam involving nearly identical messages sent to numerous recipients by email. The first unsolicited bulk commercial e-mail was sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address to about 600 people on the west coast of the United States. The sender Gary Thuerk, a marketer for the Digital Equipment Corporation was reprimanded for this. The term shares its name with the Spam luncheon meat, which was popularised in the British sketch comedy show, 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    First email
    The first email or electronic message is believed to be sent by American computer programmer Ray Tomlinson in 1971. Tomlinson was asked to change a program called SNDMSG, which sent messages to other users of a time-sharing computer, to run on TENEX, an operating system, which he helped develop. He added code he took from CPYNET, a file transfer program to SNDMSG so messages could be sent to users on other computers on the on the ARPANET network. To achieve this, he used the @ sign to separate the user from their machine, which has been used in email addresses ever since. Ray Tomlinson test e-mail has not been preserved as he didn't feel it was significant at the time.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    The first web browser
    English computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee (the man considered as the father of the World Wide Web) released the WorldWideWeb browser on December 25, 1990. It is widely believed to be the first-ever internet web browser and editor and was later renamed Nexus so as to avoid confusion between the software and the World Wide Web. When it was written, WorldWideWeb was the only way to view the Web. Some of the source code, which was released into the public domain in 1991 still resides on Tim Berners-Lee's NeXT Computer in the CERN museum and has not been recovered due to its status as a historical artefact. To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the research centre giving the web to the world, a project has begun in 2013 at CERN to preserve this original hardware and software associated with the birth of the web.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    The first website
    The credit for the first website also goes to World Wide Web (WWW) founder Tim Berners-Lee. It was built at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) within the border of France, and was first put online on 6 August 1991. The first web page address was, which centred on information regarding the WWW project. Visitors could learn more about hypertext, technical details for creating their own webpage, and even an explanation on how to search the Web for information.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    The first computer virus
    Generally accepted as the first computer virus, the Creepers system was an experimental self-replicating program written in 1971 by Bob Thomas at BBN Technologies. Thomas wanted to test mathematician John von Neumann's 1949 "Theory of self-reproducing automata", which was a design for a self-reproducing computer program causing many to consider him the theoretical father of computer virology. Creeper infected DEC PDP-10 computers running the TENEX operating system by gaining access via the ARPANET and copying itself to the remote system where the message, "I'm the creeper, catch me if you can!" was displayed. Bob Thomas designed Creeper to demonstrate a mobile application. The Reaper program was later created to delete Creeper.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    The first online chat system
    Talkomatic, created by Doug Brown and David R. Woolley in 1973 on the PLATO System at the University of Illinois is said to be the first foray into the world of online web chatting. It offered several channels, each of which could accommodate up to five people, with messages appearing on all users' screens character-by-character as they were typed. The first dedicated online chat service that was widely available to the public was the CompuServe CB Simulator in 1980 created by Alexander "Sandy" Trevor.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    First online chat system
    Snipes, a text-mode networked computer game created in 1983 was the first of its kind to feature networked game play. Created by American firm SuperSet Software, the objective was to control your creature by moving it around a maze to destroy snipes and their hives, and/or destroy other networked players. It was played between multiple people on multiple IBM personal computer systems and was done to test and demonstrate the capabilities of the new IBM machine and the system. Though crude, Snipes was the beginning of the online gaming we experience today.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    First web server
    Another contribution of World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee was the world's first web server, later known as CERN httpd (an abbrevation for CERN Hypertext Transfer Protocol daemon). It was housed inside an NeXT Computer workstation with Ethernet. It was part of a two-point proposal of Berners-Lee to his employer CERN in 1989, with the goal of easing the exchange of information between scientists by using a hypertext system. Between 1991 and 1994, the simplicity and effectiveness of early technologies used to surf and exchange data through the World Wide Web helped to port them to many different operating systems and spread their use among scientific organizations and universities. In 1994 Tim Berners-Lee decided to constitute the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to regulate the further development of the many technologies involved (HTTP, HTML, etc.) through a standardization process.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    The first computer network to define the internet
    The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite called TCP/IP because of its most important protocols, the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP). Both technologies became the technical foundation of the Internet. It was initially funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA, later Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)) of the United States Department of Defense. Packet switching was based on concepts and designs by Americans Leonard Kleinrock and Paul Baran, British scientist Donald Davies and Lawrence Roberts of the Lincoln Laboratory. The TCP/IP communication protocols were developed for ARPANET by computer scientists Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf, and incorporated concepts by Louis Pouzin for the French CYCLADES project.

  • List of firsts in internet history

    The first YouTube video

  • loading...

About The Gallery

Tim-Berners-Lee, opened the World Wide Web (WWW) to the public in 1991. Since then the internet has improved by leaps and bounds with innovations time and again. We look at other such firsts in the history of the internet... (All pictures used are for representational purposes)


DISCLAIMER: mid-day and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.


This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK