First 16 Things That Happened On The Internet

Have you ever wondered what was the very first tweet or the first video ever uploaded to Youtube?

1. The first email

Sometime in late 1971, a computer engineer named Ray Tomlinson sent the first e-mail message. “I sent a number of test messages to myself from one machine to the other,” he recalls now. “The test messages were entirely forgettable. . . . Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar.” (Source)


2. The first video on Youtube.

In 2005, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded a video of himself checking out elephants at the San Diego Zoo. The video has seen been seen by over 42 million people.


3. The first downloaded song.

In 1994, Geffen Records offered an exclusive digital download to Aerosmith’s track “Head First”. The three minutes and 14 seconds song was in wave format and it took 60 to 90 minutes to download then. (Source)


4. The first search engine.

Who paved the way for Google and the Yahoos? WebCrawler was launched 4 years before Google came about in 1996.


5. The first Instagram photo.

On July 16, 2010, Instagram CEO and co-founder Kevin Systrom uploaded the first photo to the app, which was called Codename at the time.


6. The first Facebook profile.

Technically, Mark Zuckerburg’s profile was the first Facebook profile but the first person to sign up on the social media platform was Zuckerburg’s friend and roommate, Chris Hughes who ended up becoming a co-founder of Facebook.


7. The first uploaded photo.

When Tim Berners-Lee and his team were developing the World Wide Web in Switzerland, they tested out the internets photo upload capabilities with this photo of the comedy band – Les Horribles Cernettes. A photo that was taken by one of the developers at the band’s performance he attended.

first uploaded photo


8. The first online transaction.

Not exactly what you thought. A group of students at Standford University in Connecticut, USA purchased weed yes marijuana from students at MIT using the ARPANET, which later became known as the Internet.


9. The first registered domain.

On March 15, 1985, was the registered and the first to ever do so.

first domain


10. The first website.

Tim Berners-Lee created the worlds first website and it went live on August 6, 1991.

the website ever


11. The first banner ad.

In 1994, advertised 7 art museums on its website using this banner:

he first banner ad


12. The first tweet.

On March 21, 2006, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted:




just setting up my twttr

Twitter Ads info and privacy


13. The first spam email.

The message below was sent 393 people on May 3, 1978, on ARPANET.


14. The first article on Wikipedia.

The earliest Wikipedia edit was made on its HomePage on 15 January 2001, reading “This is the new WikiPedia!”, the da it officially launched.


15. The first Skype message.

In April 2003, a member of the Skype development team who was an Estonian tested the app by saying ‘Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?’ or “Hello, can you hear me?”

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