Life without the internet is hard to imagine, especially if you can't remember it. The world wide web has made everything from ordering pizzas to arranging underwhelming dates so much easier, and thanks to the rise of the internet of things, it looks set to become even more pervasive.
But where did this life-changing tool come from? Did Tim Berners-Lee just have a really good brainstorming session one day? Not quite. The internet was reportedly envisioned as a piece of technology that would connect mainframe computers used by the US army. It took a few years before we all started to use it to exchange cat memes and viral images (opens in new tab).
- The 62 best infographics (opens in new tab)
- The best broadband deals for designers (opens in new tab)
If there's one thing the internet is good for, it's researching trivia and niche subjects conveniently. Pair that with a world of plugged-in graphic designers and a wealth of infographic tools (opens in new tab) and you get infographics that turn data into eye-catching and informative images, such as this one from SSL2BUY (opens in new tab) which charts the history of the internet.
Tracking the development of the first email service to the birth of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, The History of the Internet infographic is a fascinating look into how the internet evolved and how it's used around the world today. Check it out below.