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.
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.
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.
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