A Look in the Rearview: How the Internet Has Changed Since 2001

16 Feb


Since .biz debuted in late 2001, it’s grown and changed rapidly like the Internet itself. As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, here’s a look at Web milestones over the past decade, courtesy of www.tamingthebeast.net. Was there really ever a world without Social Media?

2001

  • The Internet has 500 million users.

2002

  • Mozilla 1.0, which will eventually evolve into Firefox, is released. Internet Explorer has a 95 percent share of the browser market.

2003

  • MySpace is launched.

2004

  • The first version of Firefox is released and soon becomes a serious contender to Internet Explorer’s stranglehold.
  • Google undergoes IPO via Dutch Auction format.
  • Facebook is launched.

2005

  • Jesse James Garrett coins the term AJAX and YouTube.com launches.
  • Google launches blog search, but Technorati is still entrenched as the blog search leader.

2006

  • Social networking sites and services sprout up like adolescent acne and the term “Web 2.0” becomes a mantra :-).
  • Twitter is founded as a research and development project.
  • According to MessageLabs, spam is now 64.8% of all global email.

2007

  • The term “bacn” comes into usage. Bacn refers to the many email alerts received by subscribers and members of social networking services that threaten to inundate their inboxes.
  • Spam now comprises 90% of all enterprise email.
  • Netscape announces the browser will soon no longer be developed or supported.

2008

  • Google celebrates its 10th birthday.
  • 1.1 billion people are using the Internet and women now outnumber men online.
  • 120,000 new blogs are being created globally every day.

2008

  • China now has the largest online population in the world.
  • Over 162 million Top Level Domain Names (TLDs) were registered up until the end of the first quarter of 2008.
  • Google’s launches new entry into the Web browser sphere, Google Chrome.
  • According to Nielsen Online, 79% of US consumers have made an online purchase in the last 6 months.
  • Over 100.1 million web sites were in operation as of March 2008.

2009

  • The Internet now has 1.5 billion users and there are over 100 billion live web pages.

2010

  • Internet stocks explode with triple-digit gains, leaving investors awestruck. Thanks to its streaming video offerings, movie-rental site Netflix (NFLX) soared 237% to $180.27 a share.
  • Google leaves China after the search giant and the Chinese government butted heads over censorship issues.

2011

  • World IPv6 Day is celebrated in June to highlight the depletion of IPv4 addresses, along with the corresponding growth of the IPv6.

What’s ahead in 2012? It’s predicted that over 154 million buyers will be online this year. Plus, 88% of Internet users will browse or research products. If your business has a website, congrats—you’re in position to cash in. If you’re not online, it’s time your business built a Web presence. Start with the right domain name. Start here with my.biz today!

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