An Internet Timeline: Milestones in the Evolution of News Online

1969 – The Defense Department-funded ARPANET connects computers at four universities: Stanford, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and the University of Utah

1971 – Medline provides online access to the National Library of Medicine

1971 – Ray Tomlinson invents email and introduces the "@" function

1972 – ARPANET displayed publicly for first time at the International Conference on Computer Communications

1972 - First commercial video game: Pong

1973 – First full-text commercial online database: Lexis (Mead Data Central)

1973 – Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn develop TCP/ICP technology and coin the term, "Internet"

1973 – The New York Times offers online search of databases

1977 – Apple II personal computer goes on sale

1977 – Toronto Globe and Mail offers first commercial full-text newspaper database

1978 – Randy Seuss and Ward Christensen launch first online bulletin board system

1979 – Usenet launches, introduces FAQ and newsgroups

1979 – CompuServe offers electronic mail and technical advice

1980 – First electronic newspaper via CompuServe: The Columbus Dispatch

1981 – Bloomberg launches online financial data service

1981 – IBM introduces the PC

1983 – Time magazine names the personal computer "Machine of the Year"

1983 – Radio Shack introduces the TRS-80 model 100, the first successful portable computer, known as the "Trash-80"

1984 – Apples introduces the Macintosh personal computer

1984 – Author William Gibson coins the term "cyberspace"

1984 – 8 percent of U.S homes have computers

1985 – Quantum Computer Services launches, later becomes AOL

1985 – First social online community: "The Well"

1987 – National Science Foundation launches NSFNET, which replaces ARPANET

1988 – The New York Times sends a news photo over the Internet

1988 – First Internet "worm"

1988 – Prodigy online service launches

1989 – 15 percent of U.S. homes have computers

1989 – France is the world’s most wired nation with 5 million "Minitel" terminals

1990 – Electronic Frontier Foundation launches

1990 – Financial wire service Bloomberg Business News launches

1990 – First PC-based electronic newspaper: The Electronic Trib (The Albuquerque Tribune)

1990 – Tim Berners-Lee develops Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and universal Resource Locators (URLs) creates the World Wide Web

1991 – Kodak and Nikon introduce the first professional digital camera system

1992 – First newspaper service on AOL: Chicago Online (Chicago Tribune)

1992 – Congress removes restrictions on commercial use of the Internet

1992 – 12 North American daily newspapers offer online versions

1993 – Wired magazine launches

1993 – Marc Andreessen develops the Mosaic Web browser, founds Netscape Communications

1993 – First major New York Times story about the World Wide Web

1994 – Yahoo launches, becomes No. 1 Web portal

1994 – Palo Alto Weekly is the first newspaper to publish its full content on the Web

1994 – The News and Observer launches Nando Times on the Web

1994 – 60 newspapers have online versions available; 30 have websites

1995 – Matt Drudge starts The Drudge Report

1995 – Salon, an "online only" newsmagazine, launches

1995 – Amazon.com starts selling books online

1996 – Microsoft launches online magazine Slate

1996 – AP covers the Super Bowl with digital cameras, sends photos over the Internet

1997 – 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada use the Internet

1997 – First use of the term "Web log"

1998 – The Drudge Report breaks the Monica Lewinsky story, scooping mainstream news outlets

1998 – 20 million people read the Starr Report online

1998 – Larry Page and Sergey Brin launch Google

1998 – 26 percent of U.S. homes have Internet access

1999 – Pulitzer committee considers online content in awarding prizes for the first time

1999 – Pyra Labs develops Blogger software

1999 – Jim Romenesko launches a media news site

2000 – 485 total blogs as of Feb. 1

2000 – 41 percent of U.S. homes have Internet access

2000 – AOL announces merger with Time Warner

2000 – OhmyNews online news site is founded in Korea

2000 – AOL reaches 25 million subscribers

2000 – Internet stock bubble bursts

2001 – The Wall Street Journal reports 500 million Internet users worldwide

2001 – Wikipedia launches

2001 – Online news sites provide vital information after terror attacks on Sept. 11.

2002 – Liberal blog Daily Kos launched

2003 – Amateurs and journalists use blogs to report Hurricane Isabel information

2003 – 2,300 newspapers in the U.S. have websites

2003 – LinkedIn launches

2003 – Linden Labs launches virtual world Second Life

2004 – Facebook launches at Harvard

2004 – News reports of the tsunami in Asia use camera phone images

2004 – Wiki News launches, users generate the content

2004 – Conservative blogs force CBS to retract report on President George W. Bush’s service in the Air National Guard

2005 – YouTube launches

2005 – News organizations use cellphones photos of London train bombing

2006 – Google buys YouTube for $1.65 billion

2006 – Twitter launches

2006 – Wikileaks launches

2006 – 100 million websites online

2006 – Cellphone video of Saddam Hussein’s hanging goes viral, is seen by millions

2006 – China forces Internet companies to censor information, creating the Great Firewall

2007 – Apple launches the iPhone

20007 – Cellphone video of the Virginia Tech shooting is uploaded to CNN’s iReport and goes global

2008 – First reports of the China earthquake appear on Twitter

2008 – Obama campaign uses social media to help win presidential election

2009 – First photograph of US Airways plane landing on the Hudson River landing distributed through Twitpic.

2009 – Cellphone video of Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan dying from police bullets spawns global outrage

2010 – Text messages and social media help rescuers find survivors of the Haitian earthquake

2010 – Instagram launches

2010 - Apple introduces the iPad

2010 – Internet surpasses newspapers as the primary news source for Americans

2011 – Social media plays important role in Arab Spring

2012 – Facebook reports 1 billion users

2012 – Obama campaign raises $690 million digitally

2013 – Mobile devices surpass desktop computers for Web access

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