How well do you know your Internet History?

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Not the internet history you hide by private browsing, I mean history of the Internet!

I have done some research into some of the big names of Internet history by the creation date of Whois records. It provides an interesting angle on the history of the Internet.

How many of these do you remember? How many do you still use today?

1987

    • February 19th – apple.com

World famous technology company who brought us the iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac etc…

1991

    • May 2nd – microsoft.com

Another world famous technology company who brought us Windows amongst other products. 

    • May 29th – doubleclick.com

Online advertising giant later snapped up by Google. 

1994

    • November 1st – amazon.com

Probably the most popular e-commerce website. 

    • December 15th – netscape.com

An early Internet browser.

1995

    • January 18th – yahoo.com

Portal for news, media, mail and search.

    • June 28th – dropbox.com

One of the most popular cloud storage services.

    • August 4th – ebay.com

The number one online market place.

    • September 11th – windows.com

Almost synonymous with Microsoft.

    • December 14th – archive.org

Home of the WayBack Machine – snapshot archive of the internet.

1996

    • January 29th – bing.com

Now the second largest search engine, owned by Microsoft.

    • February 22nd – myspace.com

Teenage social network and rival
of Facebook.

    • March 27th – hotmail.com

One of the largest free email providers.

1997

    • March 29th – facebook.com

The most popular social networking site.

    • September 15th – google.com

Internet search giant.

    • November 11th – netflix.com

Video streaming service.

1998

    • January 24th – mozilla.org

Brought us the Firefox browser.

    • September 14th – icann.org

Authority for domains and IP addresses.

    • December 15th – kickstarter.com

Crowdfunding website.

1999

    • June 22nd – blogger.com

Blogging website now owned by Google.

2000

    • January 21st – twitter.com

Micro-blogging service.

    • February 20th – digg.com

Technology community.

    • March 3rd – wordpress.com

Blogging website.

2001

    • January 13th – wikipedia.com

The online open source encyclopedia!

2003

    • April 23rd – skype.com

Perhaps the most popular of the early Voice over IP applications. Now owned by Microsoft.

    • November 22nd – flickr.com

Photography publishing website.

2004

    • February 14th – 4chan.org

Message board and online community.

    • June 4th – instagram.com

Micro-blogging for photos.

2005

    • February 15th – youtube.com

Video hosting giant, now owned by Google.

    • April 29th – reddit.com

Online news community.

2006

    • November 26th – pinterest.com

Photo and link sharing social network.

2008

    • August 18th – bitcoin.org

The biggest name so far in digital currency. 

Interesting to see many of the leading domains listed have been absorbed into Google or Microsoft.

Perhaps the most notable period would be the latter half of the 1990’s and very early 2000’s seeing the birth of some of the today’s most used websites.