14 Surprising Facts About Internet History

Xiaobai Software  2022-08-26 11: 04  read 58 views

The Internet has been around for decades.Despite the fact that we use it every day, there are some surprising facts about the history of the internet that most people don't know.Here, we list 14 of the most surprising facts about the history of the internet.

 

1. Domain registration used to be free

 

Today, domain name registration costs around $10-20 per year, depending on various factors.Some prized domain names have even been auctioned for millions of dollars.

However, in the past, domain name registration was completely free.

2. The first spam was sent in 1978

Despite strict email filters, today's spam still slips through and ends up in our inboxes.But spam is not a new thing.In fact, it dates back to 1978, when Gary Thuerk sent unsolicited emails to ARPANET users to sell them computers.

It is worth mentioning here that the term "spam" was not used at the time.Later in 1993, a USENET user jokingly coined the term "spam".

Spam has been a nuisance ever since, even with tighter controls.

3. Amazon was originally called Cadabra

 

As we all know, Amazon started out as a bookstore.But few people know that the first name of Amazon is now Cadabra.The name is inspired by abracadabra, a magical incantation.

However, when Jeff Bezos' lawyers thought the name was too similar to the word "corpse," he changed the name to Amazon.Bezos then chose Amazon as the new name because it starts with an A, which stands for the largest river.

4. Facebook's color is blue because...

There are many things to consider when choosing the right color for your brand.But that's not the case with Facebook.Being red-green colorblind, Mark Zuckerberg chose blue for his idea because it was the most obvious color to him.

5. Myspace lost all data it uploaded before 2016

Before the current giants gained their status, Myspace was the most popular social networking site.It has many early memories of millennials, including some silly ones.But while migrating servers, Myspace accidentally lost all pictures, videos and songs stored before 2016.

6. Why email addresses contain an @ sign

 

Due to its use in email addresses, @ has become a frequently used symbol today.However, this was not the case at the time.In fact, @ is used in email addresses because it's one of the least commonly used keyboard symbols.

In 1971, when Ray Tomlinson was inventing what is now called email, he wanted a notation that could be used to separate usernames and hosts without causing confusion.Of all the other symbols used for usernames, Ray chose @.

7. The first browser was WorldWideWeb

Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, also developed the first browser, called WorldWideWeb, later known as Nexus.It is both a browser and an editor.

However, WorldWideWeb was not widely adopted, so most people only remember Mosaic and Netscape as the earliest browsers.

8. Meaning of CAPTCHA

While necessary from a security standpoint, captchas are perhaps the most annoying thing on the web.While we all know what CAPTCHA is, not many people know what it means.

CAPTCHA is actually an acronym that stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Distinguish Computers from Humans".Nice self description, huh?

9. Google comes from Googol

 

In case you didn't know, Googol is a number with 100 zeros.The founders of Google chose this number because it would represent their mission to organize the limitless information on the web.

However, when registering the domain name, Sean Anderson mistyped it as Google, which is the name of the search engine.

10. Wi-Fi is not an acronym

As we explained earlier, Wi-Fi doesn't mean anything.Most people do mistake Wi-Fi for an acronym for wireless fidelity, but that's not the case.The technology's previous name was IEEE 802.11b, so it was shortened to Wi-Fi.This rhymes with high fidelity and is easier to remember.

Later, however, the Wi-Fi Alliance used the tagline "Wireless Fidelity Standard," leading many to consider it the full-fledged form of Wi-Fi.

11. The first thing sold on the Internet

The market size of the e-commerce industry is now $5 trillion.But how did it all start and what was the first thing sold online?In his book, The Dark Web: Inside the Digital Underworld, James Bartlett points out that the first thing sold online is marijuana.

While the transaction is arranged online, the actual sale is made in person.The first real online transaction occurred in 1994, when Dan Cohen sold a CD of a music album, and payment was made online.

12. Goats weeded Google and Yahoo headquarters

 

Tech companies have been working to reduce their carbon emissions for years.But Google and Yahoo went a step further, hiring goats to mow their lawns.

In 2009, Google contracted the California Grazing Company to provide 200 goats to trim their Mountain View headquarters.Yahoo did the same in 2007.While these events occurred more than a decade ago, we're not sure if the same is true today.

13. Queen Elizabeth II became the first royal to send an email..

In 1976, Queen Elizabeth II sent an email using ARPANET while visiting the Royal Signals and Radar Agency.Peter Kirsten helped send her an email, making her the first royal to do so.

While Queen Elizabeth II was one of the earliest users of email, she only joined Twitter and Instagram in 2014 and 2019, a little late.

14. Berners-Lee regrets adding double slashes to URLs

Despite all the credit for his work, Berners-Lee does have one regret: the double forward slash (after "http: ") in URLs.

He figured he could omit those slashes if he wanted to.But it wasn't until later that he realized that the slashes were a waste of time and paper.

Internet history is not so boring

Whether you're a nerd or trying to impress your friends with some little-known facts, you'll love these.But that's just the tip of the iceberg.There are tons of similar facts about computers, the web, and even tech giants like Google.If you're an internet geek, you're sure to find them interesting.

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