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History of The Internet

The Internet evolving every day. Here's a look back at where we've come from.

History of The Internet

The internet is one of the most important tools in recent history, giving us access to countless amounts of information. Here's a 3 1/2 minute history of how it all came to be.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8K49dD52WA
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info.cern.ch - home of the first website

Browse a replica of the the first website posted to the Internet.

Use the line-mode browser simulator to see how the Web looked back when it was invented. Use your keyboard to interact with the browser. The computer mouse was not yet available.

Connecting using a dial up modem

Back before DSL, cable modems and fiber optic lines, people accessed the Internet using the telephone line. Here's what it took to get on line and the sounds as you connected.

YouTube URL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7sLB1sZO6M
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Short History of the Internet

The Internet is a child of the Cold War. It started with a question, "How could the US authorities successfully communicate after a nuclear war?" Here's the story of how it all started.

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Internet and the world wide web are not the same thing

The world wide web is just one way to access information through the internet. While it does represent a considerable portion of the internet, and is unquestionably the most popular part, the two concepts must not be treated as synonyms because they are not the same.

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Untangle at UC Santa Barbara

For an historic perspective, take a look at the topics and papers from this 1996 Librarians Association conference.

Yahoo was cataloging the Internet, the Alexandria Digital Library was just getting underway and we were already looking at how to integrate the Web into the curriculum.

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25 Interesting Facts About The Internet

On the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web (in 2014), Real Business, a UK company, published this list of interesting Internet facts. Did you know eBay was originally going to be called EchoBay?

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Internet Live Stats

How busy is the Internet? Way, way busy. Here's a site that show's you what's happened so far today in real time.

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The Well

The Well was one of the original community networks, back in the days of BBS's and dial-up modems. It springs from the San Francisco Bay Area.

While not devoted to education especially, visiting the site will convey the flavor of networked communities among its greatest devotees.

The founder of The Well, Howard Rheingold, is an iconoclast, often cited in the media. For him,

networking = community

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