📧 The first email, 1971.
It was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971.
“The test messages were entirely forgettable. . . . Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar,” he said.
💸 The first Internet transaction, 1973
A group of Stanford students using ARPANET (the precursor to the Internet that we know now) facilitated the sale of an undetermined amount of weed to some other students across the country at MIT.
🕸 The first domain. March 15, 1985.
The first domain name ever registered was symbolics.com on March 15, 1985.
🎆 The first GIF, 1987
The GIF was created by a team of developers at CompuServe, who considered it to be the best and most versatile image file format around at the time.
🌐 The first website, August 6, 1991.
It was dedicated to information about the World Wide Web and went live on August 6, 1991.http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
🏞 The first picture uploaded on the web, 18 July 1992.
The first picture ever uploaded on the web was posted by Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) on behalf of a comedy band called Les Horrible Cernettes.
💬 The first AOL Instant Message, Jan. 6, 1993.
It was sent by Ted Leonsis to his wife.
It read, “Don’t be scared … it is me. Love you and miss you.”
His wife replied, “Wow … this is so cool!”
Leonsis later became AOL’s Vice Chairman.
🔍 The first search engine, 1994.
A full four years before Google even launched, WebCrawler was the first search engine to provide full-text search.
🌆 The first banner ad. October 1994.
Joe McCambley ran the first banner ad ever online.
It went live in October 1994 on HotWired.com and it promoted 7 art museums, sponsored by AT&T.
🎧 The first digitally downloadable song, 1994
Geffen Records made a big marketing play by offering the Aerosmith track “Head First” as the first song to ever be offered exclusively via download.
💰 The first item sold on eBay, 1995.
It was a broken laser pointer for $14.83. The man who bought it told founder Pierre Omidyar he collected broken laser pointers.
📕 The first book purchased on Amazon, 1995.
It was Douglas Hofstadter’s Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.
📝 The first surviving recorded edit on Wikipedia, 2001.
The first surviving recorded edit on the ubiquitous crowd-sourced encyclopedia was the decidedly uncontroversial “This is the new WikiPedia!” on January 15, the day it officially launched.
🔉 The first sentence uttered on Skype, 2003.
It was in Estonian in April 2003 by a member of the development team. It was ‘Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?’ or “Hello, can you hear me?” in English.
👨 The first Facebook profile, 2004.
Mark Zuckerberg was the first person on Facebook with ID number 4 (the first three Facebook accounts were used for testing)
📹 The first video on YouTube, 2005.
💬 The first tweet, 2006.
😍 The first post on Reddit. 2006
📸 The first Instagram post, July 16, 2010.
It was a photo of South Beach Harbor at Pier 38, posted by Mike Krieger at 5:26 PM on July 16, 2010.