Top 10 Internet Firsts That Changed Everything — TopTenzNet

Top 10 Internet Firsts That Changed Everything 10. First Picture The very first picture ever uploaded to the
World Wide Web was a picture of the all-girl comedy group Les Horrible Cernettes. The group
was made up of administrative assistants and partners of researchers at The European Organization
for Nuclear Research (CERN). Silvano de Gennaro, the group’s manager, took the picture backstage
at a music festival that was hosted annually by CERN. He Photoshopped it and saved it as
a .gif file. How this particular picture, instead of something
artistic or science-based, came to be the first ever picture uploaded to the Web stemmed
from the fact that de Gennaro worked at CERN near Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World
Wide Web. When it came time to choose a picture to upload, Berners-Lee used the picture of
the band because he wanted to show the heads at CERN that rather than just being a way
for scientists to communicate, the Internet could also be fun. He uploaded the picture
on July 18, 1992, forever immortalizing a badly photoshopped picture of a comedy band
that sang jokes about science. 9. First Email Email got its start in the early 1960s, when
researchers would leave messages in a mailbox for their colleagues, who could only access
the notes on the same terminal. Computer-to-computer email got its start in 1968, when Bolt Beranek
and Newman (BBN) was hired by the United States Defense Department to work on ARPANET, the
precursor to the Internet. A BNN employee named Ray Tomlinson started working on an
experimental file transfer protocol called CYPNET and noticed that it could be used in
conjunction with SNDMSG, the program designed to leave electronic messages. In doing so,
he discovered he could send a message from one computer to another. Tomlinson realized that in order to do this,
he needed to have an identifier that basically equated to a mailing address. That’s when
he came up with one of the most innovative, yet simple ideas of the 20th century: he chose
the “@” symbol to connect the user and network, simply because it made the most sense
to him. It would include the user’s name and the host where it should be sent. In July of 1971 Tomlinson sent the first email
to the computer next to his, which read, “QWERTYIOP”. After figuring out how to send messages from
computer to computer, the idea flourished into the staple of everyday life that we know
now. 8. First YouTube Video The world’s third most popular website got
its start in early 2005 when it was created by PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen,
and Jawed Karim. The popular story, which Karim now disputes, is that Hurley and Chen
were at a dinner party and were struggling to show videos, and those difficulties planted
the seed that grew into YouTube. They first registered the domain on February
14, 2005, and worked on YouTube out of a garage for a few months. On April 23, 2005, at 8:27
p.m. they posted the first video called Me at the zoo. The 19-second video features Karim
standing in front of elephants at the San Diego Zoo, talking about his interest in “really,
really, really long trunks.” Since its launch, YouTube has become the dominant
video streaming site and is synonymous with online videos. Only Facebook and Google are
more popular websites, with YouTube receiving three billion visitors every day. 7. First Domain Name Symbolics Inc. registered the first domain
name,, on March 15, 1985. Symbolics Inc. grew out of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence
lab, and was the first company to make workstation computers. They were actually so far ahead
of the game that “workstation computer” wasn’t even a term at that point. The company
went bankrupt in the late 1980s, but the owner of the domain kept paying the dues on the
website until August of 2009, when it was sold to Investments for an undisclosed
price. The website is now a museum of sorts, where you can visit and learn random facts
about the Internet. 6. First Website While Symbolics was the first domain registered,
it wasn’t the first website. After all, the internet and the World Wide Web are actually
two different things. In the simplest terms, the Internet is what you connect to and the
Web is how you view it. You may remember CERN from the Les Horrible
Cernettes photo or maybe the Large Hadron Collider, but they also launched very first
website on August 6, 1991. It was a simple page, similar to a Word document with black
lettering on a white background with blue hyperlinks. It briefly described project W3,
better known now as the World Wide Web. On April 30, 2013 – the 20th anniversary
of the announcement of the World Wide Web – CERN announced they would re-launch the
website. They found a copy that dated back to 1992, with the hopes of digging even deeper
into the archives for the earliest possible version. 5. First Live Music Stream A major difference between the advent of the
World Wide Web and other mediums like the radio and television is that the Web didn’t
rely on live feeds of sound or video. Instead, the Web was essentially an update of the printing
press. At first it was just text, and as technology became more sophisticated the possibility
for live video arose in 1993. So what music superstar of 1993 played the first online
concert? Bjork? Counting Crows? Celine Dion? Actually, it was a little-known band called
Severe Tire Damage, who played live on the Internet for the first time on June 24, 1993.
STD was a rock band made up of computer technologists from Digital Equipment Corp., Xerox, Apple,
and Sun, giving them inside knowledge of a technology called Multicast Backbone (M-bone).
M-bone utilized voice and video and was used by the Internet Engineering Task Force. At the time, not many people saw the concert
and they may not have received any recognition for their breakthrough, had it not been for
The Rolling Stones. On November 22, 1994, the Stones were going to stream 20 minutes
from their concert in Dallas utilizing M-bone, and the record label was promoting it as the
first rock band in cyberspace. Already well versed in M-bone, STD jumped on the same stream
and played before and after the Rolling Stones, a move that garnered them recognition as the
first band to play live online. 4. First Item Sold on eBay The “story” of eBay has become legendary,
with its creation supposedly stemming from a programmer named Pierre Omidyar wanting
to give his wife a platform to trade her Pez dispensers. Naturally, the legend is more
interesting than the actual story. In 1995, Omidyar was thinking that the web
might make for a great marketplace, specifically utilizing an auction format for fair pricing
on items. He launched the website AuctionWeb on September 3, 1995. The first item to sell
was a broken laser pointer, which went for $14.83. Confused by someone paying for that
much for a defective item, Omidyar discovered the buyer collected broken laser pointers. Where Pez comes into the story is that, at
the time Omidyar launched AuctionWeb, his future wife was big into Pez and traded a
lot on AuctionWeb. Omidyar thought it was interesting that collectors were so passionate
about ordinary items, obviously not realizing he was about to create a billion dollar empire
on that very notion. 3. First Book Sold on Amazon got its start in 1995 when founder
Jeff Bezos left his position as a vice president of a Wall Street firm. He moved to Seattle
and began working on his website, which he originally called Cadabra. Bezos eventually
changed it to Amazon in part because Cadabra sounded too much like cadaver, but more importantly
because it started with an A, meaning it would be high up on lists ordered alphabetically. Amazon originally launched as an online book
retailer, and the first book sold in July of 1995 was Fluid Concepts And Creative Analogies:
Computer Models Of The Fundamental Mechanisms Of Thought, by Douglas Hofstadter. A computer
scientist named John Wainwright purchased the book, and to thank him for his business,
Amazon named a building on their campus after him. Man, all they ever do for us is offer
lousy recommendations on bad movies. 2. First Downloadable Music It’s hard to say definitively what the first
song on the Internet was, since no one really knew what relationship the web would have
with music in the early 1990s. However, it’s widely believed that the first people to put
a song online were two guys named Jeff Patterson and Rob Lord. Sometime in early 1993, they
uploaded some .MP2 audio files by a punk band that Lord played in called The Ugly Mugs to
a file transfer protocol (FTP) portal. The Ugly Mugs mostly played in Santa Cruz,
but wanted to find a wider audience. Soon after getting their own music online, they
started uploading other local bands, effectively creating the Internet Underground Music Archive
(IUMA). Eventually, they had over 25,000 bands and artists, and over 680,000 songs. The first Internet single released by a major
label happened a little later in 1993, when Geffen Records released the single “Head
First” by Aerosmith on the Internet in .WAV format. 1. First Banner Ad They may be the bane of your online existence,
but banner ads are essential in keeping the Internet humming along, providing revenue
streams for all of those free websites you scramble to delete from your browser history. The origin of this basic staple of the Internet
and e-commerce dates back to October 27, 1994. Joe McCambley, who ran a small digital advertising
company, created the first banner ad for AT&T. The all-text ad – which said “Have you
ever clicked your mouse here?” – appeared on, the first digital magazine.
When the user clicked on it, the link took them to a site where they could do a virtual
tour of seven of the world’s top museums. The idea was to show that AT&T could take
you anywhere on the Internet. It’s hard to believe now, but people actually
loved it. Amazingly, 44 percent of Hotwired’s visitors clicked the ad, and some even shared
it with friends. Compare that to today, when only about 0.0004 percent of website visitors
click on banner ads, and sending one to your friends is a good way to lose those friends.
McCambley believes his ad was successful because it was part of a marketing strategy, it was
fun, and it wasn’t made with bad intentions. Unlike those “discreet encounters” today’s
banner ads keep urging you to explore.

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46 thoughts on “Top 10 Internet Firsts That Changed Everything — TopTenzNet

  1. "All those free websites you scramble to delete from your internet history."

    That's what Incognito Mode is for.

  2. when was the first skype message made? …remember being at community college and still using terminals and the "phone" function for communication back and forth.

  3. If such a tiny percent of users click on banner ads, why still use them? I tried doing the AdSense thing once upon a time, got bupkiss.

  4. Y U IGNORE PORN? Because if the internet really took off, it's thanks to porn. So, what what the very first porn website on the net, and who was the very first porn model to be on the web?

    Come on, you prude.

  5. you should have included the very first comment on youtube so all these idiots never comment it again

    add it in I dont care how just do it

  6. The guy at number 9 is clearly a werewolf ……dat fang on the right side be da bestest proof!  Now to wait until someone tells me its just a canine and all humans have them so I can think duh, be too lazy to explain sarcasm.

  7. Hello there! I am Butler Woodstock, and I have created a channel based solely around wacky facts and geography. If you could 'Czech' it out, like a video and subscribe, it would mean a lot to me. Thank you for reading this!

  8. Thank you so much for the trip down memory lane!  I was on the internet back in 1986 on a system called Delphi…and the rest is history…thank you again!

  9. Thank you.  But, I actually knowa lot of this.  But I have to say a lot more entertaining then the top ten comments.  If you really want to see what the web was like in the early days:  watch "War Games", you will see how barbaric it was.

  10. Why did the Internet got so big? I think its coz of piracy. Look at PSX. It got big coz the games were on CDs and that made it easy to copy them. Now look at the PSXs

  11. i think this is how they got the idea for youtube.

    step one. they made the video "me at the zoo".

    step two. his friends saw the video and where like "OMG LOLZ we gotta show this too the world". in those exact words

    step three. they pulled up the old ask jeeves (or whatever the hell they used to search for the answers to all life's questions back then) and typed in " how can i put a video of my friend on the web for all the world too see"

    step four. the search engine came up blank and they was like "WTF we gots ta do something about this".

    step five. they had the idea to create there own website and name it youtube and then they did just that.

    step six. they uploaded the video "me at the zoo"

    step seven. some one commented "FIRST!"

    step eight. some one uploaded a video of a cat doing something cute.

    and thus youtube was born

  12. Seeing a new TopTenz just made my epically terrible day a lot brighter! Thank you! you guys really do make the BEST 10's lists around

  13. What was the first mainstream movie to feature the internet? I think it was War Games but I'm not sure.

  14. Ah, lovely when people horribly mispronounce words in foreign languages. You don't have to speak that language – you can let the google translator speak it out loud for you 😉

  15. I wonder what was the First Video ever deleted on YouTube…? 
      Or, The first Item ever sold on Craigslist?  Or, The First "Hookup" ever made on Craigslist ?  😉

  16. What?!! No mention of who invented the internet??!!! Well, shame on you!! (I know a certain former Vice Pres who won't be happy with you!!! :-O  (LMAO!!!)

  17. Number 10 was the first photo on the World Wide Web, but what about the first pic uploaded to the internet? I ask because I used Prodigy to connect to the internet and I uploaded a picture to them for a photo contest in June 1992, so the first pic on the internet had to be before that. Speaking of Prodigy, I always thought they were the first graphical interface for the internet and predated the web. Am I wrong about that?

  18. "approximately 0.0004 percent click on banner ads" – this would be about 4 in 1 million. And probably at least half of them click on the ads accidentally, I clicked only twice on a banner ad in the last 20 years or so and both times was by accident, once because the webpage was loading slowly and once because my cat walked over my mouse.

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