Our connected world, at home, at work and at school, didn’t happen overnight. In fact, the Internet, email and social media were more than 40 years in the making. Ever since the first e-mail was sent over ARPANET our lives have been forever changed, and for the better.
Here is a brief history of the technology and innovation that have brought so much to the way we live:
1974 – Vint Cerf and Robert Kahn publish “A Protocol for Packet Network Interconnection” which specifies in detail the design of a Transmission Control Program (TCP) and coins the term “Internet” for the first time.
1982 – Internet Protocol Suite “TCP/IP” is created for end-to-end connectivity on both the Internet and corporate networks.
1995 – Fast Ethernet is standardized, taking LAN speeds to the level of ATM and making the early days of fast networking possible.
1997 – Yahoo Search is founded. Consumer and business use of the Internet and corporate intranets begins to explode.
1998 – Gigabit Ethernet, another 10x performance jump is ratified by the IEEE and network switching enters the phase of very high performance
1999 – Google search bursts onto the scene to eventually overtake Yahoo as the most visited site on the globe and the largest search engine and web advertiser
2002- Early Social Networking site Myspace debuts, but under a different name, called “X-drive” where users can store their personal files. However, the founding team discovered a much broader use of personal spaces by incorporating music, pictures and just about everything else.
2003 – Wireless goes to the PC. Standardization of 802.11 a/b/g wireless LAN technology for powerful mobile connectivity between end devices such as PCs and smartphones.
2004: In a Harvard dormitory, Facebook is conceived first as “The Facebook” strictly for college students and later born for the masses, bringing a whole new phase of daily communication and “people watching” among millions and later billions of citizens globally.
2006 – Twitter is created as a way for just a few friends in San Francisco to communicate and share their locations using a system as easy as Text. Twitter explodes to millions of users over the next five years.
2007 – Apple introduces the first iPhone, a technological breakthrough for consumers and business users alike, a phone so intelligent it acts as a music player, cell phone, digital camera and host for applications and email.
2008 – The cloud comes into maturity. The concept of centralized computing through the Cloud hits the mainstream as Amazon Web Services adding static IP addresses, availability zones, and user selectable kernels.
2012: Wearable devices that are useful come into our imagination. Google’s “Project Glass” launches.
Hope you’ve learned from this diverse history of network innovations, and can think about what the future may hold.