What We Discuss• Internet History• Internet Evolution• Internet Pioneers• Internet Growth• The Future of the Internet• Conclusion
Precursors of the InternetThe Internet could not have existed without the two major inventions of the 19th Century, electricity and the telegraph system.To a lesser degree, broadcast media such as radio and television
What is the Internet?Plain and simple:A worldwide system of interconnected networks and computers.
What is a Network?A computer network is an interconnectionof a group of computers.
• The original Internet provided screens full of text• Great for sharing info and accessing the Library of Congress• Text was all one font and size• BORING!
GUIs (Graphical User Interface)• GUIs added some color and layout, but still were not very interesting.
The World Wide Web Saved the Internet!• Hyperlinks were invented www.stmsaints.com• The mouse was invented to click on hyperlinks• The URL (Uniform Resource Locater) was invented. This allowed sites to be named.
Creation of the World Wide Web• Tim Berners Lee brought all of this together to form the World Wide Web in 1990.
Mosaic: The First Web Browser• Very slow• Did not handle loading pictures very well• Modems were very slow• Did not give an indication of the potential of this medium
1994 – A Big Year for the WWW• Tim Berners Lee in develops the World Wide Web Consortium to develop standards for the Web• Netscape is founded
1994 -- 2000• The Internet exploded during this period.• The first commercial site was Amazon.com.• In 1994 the World Wide Web grew by an astounding 2300 percent!• Amazon saw that online shopping was the wave of the future.• The rest is history…
Browser Wars• Netscape was the standard until 1998• It folded and was taken over by AOL• Microsoft Internet Explorer snagged 96% of the browser market• IE has only recently been challenged by the excellent Mozilla browser