A Comprehensive History of The Internet

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31 Oct A Comprehensive History of The Internet

UK Technology Developers: An Eye For Innovation

The UK has a proud tradition of technology development that has had worldwide repercussions. In 1989, Tim Berners-Lee and his team act CERN invented the World Wide Web. This stunning discovery made information easier to publish and allowed mass access to view enormous sources of data. The UK’s significant contributions continued in 1973 when the University College of London became one of the first international universities to use the Internet. Even the Queen of England embraced new technology in 1976 when she sent an e-mail from the Royals Signals and Radar Establishment in Melbourne.

In 1994, Internet magazine was launched. The magazine reported on the development of London’s first cybercafé. The magazine also reviewed 100 websites. The reviews constituted the “most extensive list of web sites” ever to appear in Internet Magazine.

In 1994, the guide to the World Wide Web was renamed Yahoo! and received 100,000 visitors.

Several other landmarks occurred before 1998 when Google arrived on the scene. Google’s simple design became the most popular existing search engine because advertisers were already beginning to dominate other Internet providers. Individual users had become frustrated with the volumes of advertisements that infringed upon personal space.

In 2003 nearly half of the UK residents had access to the Internet. UK Telecommunications regulator, OSTEL, reported that 47% of UK homes had Internet access. 58% of UK Homes had a personal computer. Only 15% of households used broadband connections. However, 92% of UK household Internet users were satisfied with their service.

By 2004, broadband became much more popular and media companies began selling music and videos online.

In this year, Napster launched its new online music download storefront. The competition was fierce as Apple’s download store for the trendy iPod where portable music players became the dominant provider of online music.

This internet history only touches on a portion of the tremendous strides that have been made the online world. UK website developers have taken a leadership role in development of sites for British customers and clients from other areas. The UK’s expertise has enabled businesses from around the world to compete in the global marketplace, and cloud-based enterprise software is at the core of how the internet has become invaluable to businesses of all sizes.

2005 was one of several landmark years in the continuing development of the internet and web-based technology. In 2005, the internet began to challenge television and telephone companies as communication and advertising medians.

YouTube enabled people to publish personal and commercial videos online. Within a year, Google would acquire YouTube for $1.65bn despite owning its own video platform. By the end of 2005, YouTube users were loading 65,000 new films and watching 100 million clips every day.

Internet Begins to Threaten Conventional Communication Providers

The internet was also threatening the telecommunications industry. 2 million Skype users were online at any time. Phone companies were threatened because Internet-based phone calls between users were free regardless of international boundaries. With a used base of 53 million individuals and businesses, eBay acquired Skype for $2.6 billion, and in 2011 it was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion.

Traditional forms of media were slow to capitalise on these products, before eventually getting in the game. Realising this deficiency, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp purchased Intermix Media, owner of Myspace.com for $580 million. ITV acquired Friends Reunited for £120 million.

Twitter Comes On Board

In 2006 the new phenomenon, Twitter, hit the web. Twitter messages were limited to 140 characters and in a sense users developed their own language and verbiage. Twitter has proven to be an easy means of communication for persons with crisp, concise commentary.

Mark Zuckerberg had first launched Facebook while at Harvard University in 2004. Within three years Facebook would garner 30,000,000 members. By 2009, Facebook boasted 100,000,000 active users.

2008 was probably the most significant year in the age of the computer and the Internet. It was then that Jack Sheng became the first person to earn an eBay feedback score of one million. With just $500 in startup capital, Sheng built a $40,000,000 business selling used gadgets.

Google Goes To A Higher Level

Also in 2008, Google’s 10th birthday, the company that had begun by being a search engine came to dominate online advertising and have a daunting online presence in online mapping, webmail and online document creation.

So, here we are in the age where everything seems possible. Small businesses that operate in basements or garages have access to the global marketplace. Nielsen mobile, the statistical gathering corporation, reported that in 2008 there were already 95,000,000 mobile Internet subscribers. U.S. mobile penetration reached 15.6% compared to the UK’s 12.9%. Mobile Internet Services generated $1.7 billion in revenue in just the first quarter of 2008.

The web is here to stay, and businesses are utilising web-based technology more and more. The increasingly reliable connectivity and improved speeds across the world is encouraging organisations to make full use of the cloud.

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