Welcome to your mid-twenties World Wide Web. Even though you’re a little younger than me, I still feel like we’ve shared a lot of great moments together. Let’s take a trip down memory lane as we celebrate the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web, reminisce and share some laughs.
1989 – America Online was born. More commonly known as AOL.
1990 – The World was the first commercial dial-up Internet provider. Remember the dial-up days? “Mom, get off the phone! I want to use the Internet.”
1991 – The first web page was created. Its only purpose was to explain what the World Wide Web was, Wikipedia in the making if you ask me!
1996 – One of the first viral videos or as some would say Internet memes – the “Dancing Baby,” also called “Baby Cha-Cha.” Remember Baby Cha-Cha’s cameo on Ally McBeal? (Six Baby Cha-Chas are better than one.)
1998 – The one thing that we can’t live without, Google. Google revolutionized the way we find information.
1998 – Another huge contribution to the Internet in 1998, Napster. Share your audio files over the Internet, for free. That’s right. There were a lot of glorious mix CDs burned back in 1998, even though it may have been a little less than legal.
2001 – Wikipedia emerged through the rubble of the dotcom collapse. Still a highly-used and well-known website, Wikipedia is where content generation and social media really began.
2002 – Yahoo Personals. What better place to meet the love of your life? $20 a month was a relatively cheap price to pay to find your soulmate. Online dating has taken off since! 12 years later and you can swipe left or right solely based on looks to tell someone whether you’re interested or not.
2003 – Tom became everyone’s new favorite friend. The MySpace era begins. Queue bathroom selfie profile pics.
2004 – Remember when Facebook was called “The Facebook” and only open to college students? So fancy, so exclusive.
2005 – Only 9 years ago, YouTube launched bringing us streaming video for the masses. Viral videos that we’ve all enjoyed, including one of my personal favorites “David After Dentist.”
2006 – Tweet, tweet. A little blue bird takes over the social media forcing us to cram our deepest thoughts into a measly 140 characters. #Twitter (See what I did there?)
2007 – ABC, NBC, and Fox partake in a joint venture that we all know as Hulu. A central place for you to view TV shows online. Cue binge watching.
2012 – Grumpy Cat was born. Our beloved feline Internet sensation whose real name is Tardar Sauce (who knew?).
2013 – Netflix brings us exclusive programming not available on TV, including House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.
2014 – We’re 3 months in. What do you think this year’s big sensation be?