The history of the Internet in less than 2 minutes

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The history of the Internet in less than 2 minutes

We use the Internet every day. You're on the Internet right now.

But the Internet was only available to a handful of people until August 23, 1991: when computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web.

Let's look back at our relationship with the Internet.

1991
The U.S. government opens the Internet to commercial use, before then the Internet was mainly used by scientists and the military.

1992
The very first photo is posted on the Internet. It's an image of an all-female parody pop group called Les Horribles Cernettes.

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1994
The first online purchase is made. It's widely disputed whether it is a large pepperoni, mushroom pizza with extra cheese, a Sting album, groceries, or bag of weed.

1995
The dot-com boom begins as investors pour millions of dollars into startup Internet companies.

Poor planning leads to a dot-com crash and many of these companies disappear in the early 2000s.

But not all of them. Internet Explorer, Amazon, Yahoo!, and eBay all hit the web in '95.

1996
For the first time, e-mail is sent more than snail mail in the U.S.

In the same year, Google is founded and Microsoft's Bill Gates becomes the richest person in the world.

2000
Finally, more than half of American households have Internet access.

2004
Gmail is released on April Fools' Day and is widely believed to be a joke.

The same year, Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook as Thefacebook.

2005
The first video is uploaded to YouTube. It's 18 seconds long and called "Me at the zoo".

2006
The first tweet was is written when Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted: "just setting up my twttr".

2009
Michael Jackson passes away.

The news causes many of the biggest websites on the Internet to crash. Google blocks on all searches relating to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes, believing it is under a cyber attack.

2010
The first Instagram photo is posted. It features the CEO's golden retriever and his girlfriend's foot.

2013
"What is twerking?" is 2013's most popular question beginning with "What is".

2016
Apple releases a message to its customers about the U.S. government demanding Apple to help break encryption and bypass iPhone security features.

Click through the gallery below to see Internet cafes around the world:

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TO GO WITH AFP BY HABIBOU BANGRE Clients surf the internet at an internet cafe on February 25, 2015 in Kinshasa. Sales are down and business is slow -- small entrepreneurs in the Democratic Republic of Congo are bearing the brunt of an official clampdown on mobile Internet services and text messages. Internet operators remain powerless in the face of complaints from customers and have yet to communicate the extent of their losses caused by the restrictions. People, however, have found various ways of bypassing the restrictions although it has meant shelling out more. AFP PHOTO/FEDERICO SCOPPA (Photo credit should read FEDERICO SCOPPA/AFP/Getty Images)
People use computers at an Internet cafe in Manila on March 17, 2014. The Philippines said on March 17 it would require Internet service providers to install filters to block access to child pornography. AFP PHOTO / Jay DIRECTO (Photo credit should read JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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