Early Internet Factoids

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Early Internet Factoids

Early Internet Factoids

These days the internet is all about social media and cutting edge connections across the world. But what about the early days? What was the internet like back when it was still just coming into existence? Read on for the best facts about the early internet.

1. The first message ever sent over the internet was LOG. It was actually meant to be login, but the computer crashed from too much data before he could finish.

2. The first emoticon was created in 1979 by Kevin Mackenzie and was not the typical face we know today, but rather looked like this: -) It took three years before it updated to 🙂

3. The first webcam ever lived at Cambridge University in the computer lab. What did they use it for? To monitor the coffee maker to see when it was full.

4. Nowadays most of us are intimately familiar with the @ sign, but the first time it was used was in 1971 to distinguish sending a message to a person from sending a message to a machine.

5. The original Facebook homepage (back when it was still The Facebook) featured a manipulation of an Al Pacino picture.

6. The first popular web browser was actually called Mosaic. It was in existence from 1993-1997.

7. Once upon a time, Garfield the cat had his own free email service. The domain name was gmail.com.

8. The word internet first came into being in 1974 as an abbreviation for internetworking or inter-system networking.

9. Before 1992, commercial interests couldn’t be online. You couldn’t pay for internet service and you couldn’t buy online.

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