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Old 02-11-2009, 09:57 PM   #1
10 Firsts in internet history
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First Image

The first image in web history was... four women, all of whom now probably regret being part of the first image in web history.

A programmer named Silvano de Gennaro worked for CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research, located in Geneva, Switzerland. .. aka the birthplace of the World Wide Web).

In 1992, the non-ManBearPig- focused founder of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, had just built this new information system called the World Wide Web, and created the first website,
http://info. cern.ch.

Berners-Lee asked Gennaro to scan some photos from a CERN party and post them on that page. Gennaro didn't really get what he was talking about but scanned in the photos, FTPed them to the server and linked them to a page. The picture of the four women, complete with their early '90s "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead" fashion sense, was the first one ever viewed in a web browser.

And if the cougar in the silver sparkles had just leaned a tiny bit more, this could've simultaneously been the first nude photo on the Web.







First E-mail

E-mail as we know it was created by a programmer named Ray Tomlinson, in 1971. People had been sending electronic messages before... but only to people on the same computer. Tomlinson created the e-mail structure that's still used today -- guy@site.stuff.

By bringing the "@" symbol in, it separated the e-mail user from his machine, and, therefore, he could send his electronic message to anyone on any machine.

So what did Tomlinson write in his first e-mail? He... doesn't remember. Best he can recall, quote, "the test messages were entirely forgettable. .. most likely the first message was 'QWERTYUIOP' or something similar."

The first real e-mail he sent was a message to his co-workers.. . explaining how to use e-mail over the network.





First Spam E-mail.

With the first real e-mail out of the way, the door was open for the first spam e-mail. Although, based on best estimates, it took a solid seven years before someone realized that strangers on the Internet were the best target market for unsolicited penile enlargement help.

The first spam e-mail was sent out in 1978 by Gary Thuerk, a marketing rep for DEC.

Gary sent this e-mail, unsolicited, to every available west coast e-mail address he could get his hands on:

DIGITAL WILL BE GIVING A PRODUCT PRESENTATION OF THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY; THE DECSYSTEM-2020, 2020T, 2060, AND 2060T. THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY OF COMPUTERS HAS EVOLVED FROM THE TENEX OPERATING SYSTEM AND THE DECSYSTEM-10 COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE. BOTH THE DECSYSTEM-2060T AND 2020T OFFER FULL ARPANET SUPPORT UNDER THE TOPS-20 OPERATING SYSTEM. THE DECSYSTEM-2060 IS AN UPWARD EXTENSION OF THE CURRENT DECSYSTEM 2040 AND 2050 FAMILY. THE DECSYSTEM-2020 IS A NEW LOW END MEMBER OF THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY AND FULLY SOFTWARE COMPATIBLE WITH ALL OF THE OTHER DECSYSTEM-20 MODELS.

WE INVITE YOU TO COME SEE THE 2020 AND HEAR ABOUT THE DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY AT THE TWO PRODUCT PRESENTATIONS WE WILL BE GIVING IN CALIFORNIA THIS MONTH. THE LOCATIONS WILL BE:

TUESDAY, MAY 9, 1978 - 2 PM
HYATT HOUSE (NEAR THE L.A. AIRPORT)
LOS ANGELES, CA

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 1978 - 2 PM
DUNFEY'S ROYAL COACH
SAN MATEO, CA
(4 MILES SOUTH OF S.F. AIRPORT AT BAYSHORE, RT 101 AND RT 92)

A 2020 WILL BE THERE FOR YOU TO VIEW. ALSO TERMINALS ON-LINE TO OTHER DECSYSTEM-20 SYSTEMS THROUGH THE ARPANET. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE NEAREST DEC OFFICE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXCITING DECSYSTEM-20 FAMILY.

The reaction was... not good. In fact, this spam message got even more hate than spam today. Because the modems in 1978 were slow, downloading a long e-mail like this (long because it had so many people's e-mails listed) could choke people's computers. It even, apparently, shut down a system at the University of Utah, and drew a strong complaint from the Defense Communications Agency.





First Banner Ad.

AT&T is responsible for the first banner ad ever.

The people behind "Wired" magazine decided to start the first commercial web magazine, called "Hotwired", in October of 1994. And they put the word out: Buy advertising in our new, online-only magazine.

AT&T was the first company that did. And instead of taking the straightforward approach, they used an online advertising strategy that would launch a billion "punch the monkeys"... a mystery ad trying to goad readers into clicking.

But who knows -- in 1994, that might have worked
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First Item Sold on eBay.

Pierre Omidyar started eBay in September of 1995. And Omidyar sold the first item on eBay... a broken laser pointer that went for $14.





First Tweet.

Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter, posted the first Tweet ever... just 11 minutes before the other co-founder, Evan Williams. On March 21st, 2006, at 12:51 PM, Stone Twittered: "just setting up my twttr".





First Search Engine.

The first search engine was called Archie, and was created in 1990 by Alan Emtage, a student at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

but, for whatever reason, it only lets you search worldwide anonymous FTPs or Polish websites.

First Domain Name.

The first domain name ever was
Symbolics.com, registered on March 15th, 1985, by a computer manufacturing company called Symbolics... that no longer exists.

Their fatal flaw was staking their entire company on a programming language called Lisp. To draw a metaphor, that's like starting a restaurant and declaring that the main ingredient in everything you cook is going to be pickled herring.


First YouTube video.

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=jNQXAC9IVRw

The first YouTube video features Jawed Karim... who's like the Brian Dunkleman of YouTube founders... standing at a zoo, talking about an elephant. It was posted on April 23rd, 2005.





First Member of Friendster.

Founder Jonathan Abrams, profile #101 was the first member of Friendster. And may also be its last one left.
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E-mail as we know it was created by a programmer named Ray Tomlinson, in 1971
this should be 1991.. hehehe
internet aya 1990 main tha aur first email 1971 main kaisay ho gai.. :D
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