The First Ever Email, The First Tweet, And Other Famous Internet Firsts!

15 famous Internet firsts that were monumental in shaping web history.

The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971. “The test messages were entirely forgettable. . . . Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar,” he said.

Ray Tomlinson sent to world’s first email in 1971. He sent it to himself.Photo by: Flickr via whlwcl
We can blame ARPANET for the first spam email, which was sent to 393 people on May 3, 1978.Photo by: Symbolics

The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com on March 15, 1985. Now it serves as a historic site.

The first website was dedicated to information about the World Wide Web and went live on August 6, 1991. Here’s the url: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

The first picture ever uploaded on the web was posted by Tim Burners Lee (the founder of the Internet) on behalf of a comedy band called Les Horrible Cernettes.

The first AOL Instant Message was sent by Ted Leonsis to his wife on Jan. 6, 1993. It read, “Don’t be scared … it is me. Love you and miss you.”

His wife replied, “Wow … this is so cool!” Leonsis later became AOL’s Vice Chairman.

Joe McCambley ran the first banner ad ever online. It went live in October 1994 on HotWired.com and it promoted 7 art museums, sponsored by AT&T.Photo by: Daily Mobile

The first item sold on eBay (back then it was AuctionWeb) was a broken laser pointer for $14.83 in 1995. The man who bought it told founder Pierre Omidyar he collected broken laser pointers.

The first book purchased on Amazon was Douglas Hofstadter’s Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought in 1995.

The first sentence uttered on Skype was in Estonian in April 2003 by a member of the development team. It was ‘Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?’ or “Hello, can you hear me?” in English.Photo by: BuzzFeed

Mark Zuckerberg was the first person on Facebook with ID number 4 (the first three Facebook accounts were used for testing). The first non-founder to join Facebook was Arie Hasit (below), who is now in Israel studying to be a rabbi.

The first YouTube video posted was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 and has been watched nearly 10 million times.

 

The first tweet was written by co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006.

just setting up my twttr

— Jack Dorsey (@jack) March 21, 2006

Bonus: The first commercial cell phone call ever made was in 1983. It was placed by Bob Barnett who was president of Ameritech. Video of the call is below.

 
 
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