18 Sep A Few Specifics about the Online World
Almost from the moment that most of us get out of bed in the morning, we connect to an Internet connection. Truthfully, for most of us, that’s possibly even true before we climb out of bed. We reach groggily to our bed stands, grab the phone, get on Facebook and Instagram, or pull up The New York Times for a little perusing as we give ourselves a few minutes to get up.
And the absurd thing? We do it from a small, mobile phone, a thin sliver of metal that connects us to the entire world. And while this is typical for us, how we use the Internet would be a complete marvel to somebody living back in the 1950s, while that is when the story of the Internet began.
The Internet really came about via a collaborative effort, different people adding in various pieces that contributed to what it has become in our time. Eventually, ARPAnet was born, and it was the forerunner to the Internet we are familiar with today.
Some of the main breakthroughs?
October of 1969 was the first time there was a substitution between two computers: one at Stanford and one at UCLA. This infamous one-word communication, “LOGIN,” was the first information ever to be conveyed between two computers. And also then, only the first two letters came through.
And while it’s basically impossible for us to imagine a time when we weren’t talking with people in countries across the world, it was remarkable when the first connection across the Atlantic occurred in 1973.
In 1991, Tim Berners-Lee came up with the worldwide web and the rest is history, cuz let’s be truthful … we make use of it for everything. Travel. Buying groceries. Acquiring Christmas presents (hello Amazon Prime!). Advertising. Social networking. Applying for jobs. Researching information. Seeking out phone numbers. Shopping for clothes, shoes, cosmetics, guns, car accessories, phone accessories, security systems, and basically everything else, too. We checked out the news, we purchase magazine subscriptions, we look up recipes, we research medical symptoms, conditions, and treatments. We sign up with discussions and forums, hear podcasts, share music, and order food. It has seeped into every aspect of our lives, so much so that we can’t even know living without it. And we definitely can’t fathom a world where we aren’t doing business on a large scale, either … cuz if there’s one point that has modified the world of business more than any other, the Internet would be a pretty strong contender.
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