Skip to main content

This timeline of internet firsts will surprise you

Internet firsts infographic

Click to see the full size infographic
(opens in new tab)

Where would we be without the internet? The design industry would be completely different for a start. There would be no need for website builders (opens in new tab), and you wouldn't be able to easily access vast amounts of information easily via free ebooks (opens in new tab). All of these factors make the days before the internet sound very difficult indeed.

Thankfully the internet took off in the early '70s, bringing with it new ways to communicate, watch videos and buy broken laser pointers. To celebrate how far technology has come, SSls.com (opens in new tab) have created this pixel art (opens in new tab) infographic marking major milestones in internet history.

Depending on your age, some of these dates will mean more to you than others. Are you older than the first email? Or does it only seem like yesterday, rather than 10 years, that you were posting your first messages on the newly created Twitter? Either way, it'll be interesting to see how the internet continues to develop and create more firsts over the years.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Dom Carter
Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.

Topics