Since its founding in 1989, the World Wide Web has touched the lives of billions of people around the world and fundamentally changed how we connect with others, the nature of our work, how we discover and share news and new ideas, how we entertain ourselves and how communities form and function.
The timeline below is the beginning of an effort to capture both the major milestones and small moments that have shaped the Web since 1989.
Tim Berners-Lee posts the first photo, of the band “Les Horribles Cernettes,” on the Web.
40 million Americans – or 48% of internet users – have purchased a product online.
The NASDAQ hits a record high of 5,048, before plunging by 78% during the dot com bust. A 2001 survey finds 71% of Americans who had heard about the dot com troubles believe a major cause of the dot-com woes is that investors were eager to make a lot of money and took at lot of risks.
The average internet user spends 83 minutes online.
Social networking site Friendster.com launches, but is quickly overtaken by Facebook.
Apple launches the iTunes Music Store with 200,000 songs at 99¢ each. The store sells one million songs in its first week.
About one-in-six online adults – 25 million people – have sold something online.