Let Us Celebrate Internaut Day By Remembering These 8 'Firsts'

Today is 23rd August, the Internaut Day. What is Internaut day? Well on this day in 1991, the World Wide Web, created by Tim Berners-Lee.

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Today is 23rd August, the Internaut Day (yes, you read it right). What is Internaut day? Well on this day in 1991, the World Wide Web, created by Tim Berners-Lee, was accessed for the first time by the public. The term internaut was coined by mising Internet and Astronaut, to denote someone who has in-depth knowledge of the Internet. We all know how much we owe to www, as this eventually paved the way for Internet - the thing without which it is impossible to survive in today’s world. So celebrating this day, let's remember some of the ‘firsts’ related to the Web and the Internet:

1. Website

The first ever website to go online is http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. It is still online.

2. Browser

Source: Sciencemuseum

Worldwideweb.app is the first web browser ever created. It was created by Tim himself to index and browse web pages.

3. Online transaction

Source: Cnet

Daniel Kohn, in August 1994, created a website called NetMarket, the Shopify video reports and on August 11 sold a CD of Sting’s "Ten Summoner’s Tales" to a friend in Philadelphia for $12.48 plus shipping. His friend used data encryption software to send his credit card number securely.

4. Email

Source: Ialwayswondered

Roy Tomlinson is credited for creating the first barebone email service in 1971, which later gave birth to other services like IM (Instant Messaging).

5. Webcam

Source: Petapixel

It was installed at computer lab cambridge university to keep a check coffee pot and notify people if the pot was empty to prevent unnecessary long trips to the room

6. Advertisement

Source: Gossipgenie

The first ever banner ad to be used on Internet was in 1994 for AT&T’s You Will campaign. The ad was placed on homepage of HotWired.

7. Message

Source: Slideshare

This was the first ever message sent through ARPANET, the precursor to Internet, was 'LOG' by Bob Duval to his friend in 1969. The actual word was ‘LOGIN’ only first three words made through.

8. Internet Commercialisation

Source: Geektyrant

In 1995, after the word ‘Internet’ was officially accepted, first waves of commercialisation began, with Internet Service Providers setting up their circles and spreading the network.

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An absent-minded introvert who likes to gobble up anything he may find on the internet. Armchair philosophist, gamer and an avid tennis lover. Loves to theorise about how humanity is going to finish itself.