It has been 25 years since Tim Berners-Lee first developed the world wide web.

Join us on a journey looking at some of the highlights of the internet and technology.


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1989

Tim Berners-Lee writes his initial proposal of the

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1990

The world’s first ever website didn’t go live until

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1990

Nintendo’s Game Boy was released in Europe and has since sold

118 million
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1990

The average cost of 1GB of RAM was

103,880 [usd]
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1992 1300 viruses

were known to already be in existence

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1993

Mosaic, the browser credited with popularising the web is developed by the University of Illinois. It was the first browser capable of displaying images on the same page as text.

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1994
the White House

launches its first website. Some users who enter .com unexpectedly end up on a pornography site.

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1994 amazon.com

Amazon.com launched. Originally an online bookstore, it soon became one of the largest retailers in the world.

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1994

Netscape releases its Navigator browser.

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1995 Microsoft

releases Internet Explorer browser that would eventually kill off Netscape.

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1995

eBay launched. One of the first items sold was a broken laser pointer for

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1997

Google was registered as a domain by startup whiz kids Larry Page and Sergey Brin from Stanford University.

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1999

The first version of MSN Messenger was released.

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2000
the millennium bug

caused fear across the world. Experts believed that computers wouldn’t be able to cope with dates changing to the year 2000 causing failure and panic.

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2000

The average cost of 1GB of RAM was

1,107 [usd]
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2001

Napster forced to shut down.

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2002

Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia was founded by Jimmy Wales. It’s ranked as the fifth most popular website on the internet with 500 million unique visitors a month.

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2004

Google began trading shares at

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2004 facebook [thefacebook]

is founded in a dorm room at Harvard University. The original header featured Al Pacino’s head in the left-hand corner.

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2005

YouTube launches.

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2005

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation purchases social network MySpace for

$580million
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2006

The word ‘Google’ added to the dictionary.

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2006

Twitter, an online social networking and blogging service, was launched.

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2007

Apple introduced the iPhone, changing the way people access the internet forever.

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2008
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2010

iPad launches.

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2012

Facebook holds its initial public offering, the biggest in technology and internet history with a peak market capitalisation of

$104 billion
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2013 83 %

of UK homes now have internet access.

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2013

The average cost of 1GB of RAM was

5.50 [usd]
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2014 2.7 billion

people now use the web. Approximately 40% of the world’s population.

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Mobile device browsing is expected to overtake desktop browsing by the end of

2014
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