Internet Past And Present Infographic

Internet Past And Present Infographic

The history of technology, in particular the Internet, is a topic full of excitement and exponential development meaning in the past, development was slow but achievements were big. Today, we dream up and invent amazing new cloud or miniature web delivery modes in much shorter time frames. Take a gander at the Quicken Loans and Ghergich & Co infographic, The Internet Then and Now, and pay attention to the technological innovations beginning with the 1950’s when the cold war and race to outer space and the moon drove people and business to new invention heights. The visual resource finishes in 2015 when a Detroit based web provider named Rocket Fiber will soon replace copper cable with lightning fast fiber-optic cables allowing residents and businesses to enjoy 1000 Mbps speeds. The Sports Techie blog curates the history of sports technology so we hope you enjoy this content about the free Internet and enjoy the freedom to surf the net and be a part of social media our citizens can do in the United States because many people in other countries around the world like China, Russia and the Middle East have limited or no such privileges. It makes you appreciate what our Independence Day holiday on July 4 is all about.

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The Internet Then and Now

An infographic from the team at the Quicken Loans Zing Blog.

This Infographic details the earliest version of the web happening in the 50’s. World War II ended in 1945 and established the US and Russia as the world’s two superpowers. Because of this fierce national rivalry, massive amounts of money were spent on technology and weapons in hopes of becoming the innovation leader. When the USSR launched a Sputnik rocket into space first, it was the beginning of global communications. A few years later Bell Lab invented the modem allowing for the conversation of digital signals to electrical (analog) signals so computers could exchange data with each other. To end the decade, the U.S. government developed ARPA, otherwise known as Advanced Research Projects Agency. If you are a Terminator movie fan, this may sound like Skynet history.

Early in the 60’s, UCLA scientists created ARPAnet host level protocols that turned out to be the modern Internet foundation. The next significant Internet tech was a wide-area network enabling packet switching as the leading model for computer communication. Once again, UCLA became the first institution to send data packets between networked computers on campus. The Bay of Pigs crisis in Cuba happened this decade. Soviet nuclear missiles were nearly shipped to the communist island before a standoff with the US armed forces averted a potential nuclear holocaust from happening. I was born in East Lansing, MI in 1966 to my Peace Corp Dad from Detroit while he attended MSU, worked for the athletic department and was married to my star athlete Ecuadorian mother.

The 70’s saw the end of the Vietnam War, hippies and friendly Olympic Games. In 1976 during the boycotted Montreal games by the Soviets, Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner won the decathlon gold medal for America. During this decade the first international ARPAnet connection occurred together with University College London. This feat was followed by the conception of the word “Internet” first seen in a publication as “A Protocol for Packet Network Interconnection.” In 1977, our family moved down the street from Microsoft in Redmond founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen.

The domain name system was invented during the 80’s commercializing the Internet away from academic usage only. The Internet pipeline was congested so Transmission Control Protocol algorithms helped correct the problem and are in use today by 90 percent of hosts. I graduated from high school in 1984 the same year the movie Red Dawn was released. Soon after these epic happenings, the World Wide Web becomes a new standard. AOL then launched instant messenger chat service over dial up lines.

Statistics confirmed that by 1990, 42% of American adults had interacted with a computer, with 90 percent using the Windows operating system. This was the time when “Surfing the Internet” became a way of life. The first online purchase of a pizza happened over PizzaNet. Seattle continued to pioneer the Internet leading to Jeff Bezos launching Amazon as a bookstore. A startup named AuctionWeb changed names and became the company known as EBay. During the 90’s, Craigslist was first used around the Bay Area as an email list of San Francisco events. Nokia then beat every telecom provider to the punch with the release of their 9000 Communicator, becoming the first cellphone with Internet connectivity. I started at Whittier College as a freshman in 1984 and finally graduated in 1995. To end the decade, big data shed light on the fact that 41 percent of adults were using the Internet. AOL launched 4.0 by guerilla marketing CD-ROM discs in the mail to everyone causing their membership to double in size from 8 to 16 million users.

The Y2K computer scare never actually happened to start the decade out right. An astonishing 40 million US citizens were secure enough with the Internet to make an online purchase. I clearly remember being one of the 32 percent of Internet users sending e-greetings. My first start up,, was conceived around this time and our executive team tried to raise $1.4 million but the Dot Com bust happened when the NASDAQ went from a record high to a bubble that caused a 78 percent decrease in value. I first moved to Atlanta in 2001 to as a Project Manager for Dartfish but returned to my roots in Seattle at the end of the year after the 911 terrorist acts.

I go back to playing Pong and Nintendo and recall when in 2002, Xbox Live was launched. This same year, 55 million folks accessed the web from work. The next year, Apple delivered the iTunes music store and Myspace became the platform for musicians to share music and build online fan followings. The CAN-Spam Act became law in 2003 after President Bush signed it into being in order to establish the first national standards for sending commercial e-mails.

The start of Facebook happened in 2004 on the Harvard University campus, it went viral in 24 hours. The browser Firefox 1.0 made its debut this year. By 2005, broadband connections began to replace dial-up connections. YouTube launched with a video about an elephant, content that warmed the hearts of many Sports Techie constituents. Google snatched up YouTube in 2006 and Twitter began as a social media business. By 2007, Wikipedia was established as a go to source by 36 percent of Americans and the first iPhone was invented beginning the rebirth of Apple. In 2008, 19 percent of cellphone users connected online. Apple continued to pioneer technology that same year with the App Store launch and the introduction of apps.

2010 and Beyond
Fast-forwarding to 2010, 35 percent of adults interacted with apps on their phones while Pinterest and Instagram launched. The following year, Google+ became real.

The year 2012 was a web game-changer because Facebook finally hit the 1 billion user milestone while $1 trillion was spent on e-commerce around the world. The Gangnam Style video went viral with 800 million views to set a silly record. In 2013, over 50 percent of Americans owned a smartphone and trusted online banking.

Here we are at 2015 and fiber-optic cables by Detroit startup, Rocket Fiber, will soon cause a sea of change for homes and businesses with their new Gigabit Internet service at star blazing speeds of 1000 megabits per second. Comcast, AT&T and Google also have similar technologies beginning to roll out that will benefit consumers and corporations with increased connection speeds.

Internet Past and Present Infographic - Sports Techie blog
Internet Past and Present Infographic – Sports Techie blog

Sports Techie, it is absolutely mind-blowing to watch our barely two-year old son operate the iPhone and iPad. Kellan can find and open up his favorite apps and in the past month, he taught himself how to search YouTube for videos, especially, the “wheels on the bus” song.

I am soon to be 50 and often think about how far technology and the Internet have come in a relatively short amount of time. Then I ponder what kind of technologies will be standard when Kellan is my age. Augmented reality, robotics, and wearable tech are already here; perhaps a 4th dimension, wormhole travel and interplanetary games are coming next.

Let’s keep focused on 2015 and enjoy the moments we have together right now, knowing Internet speed is about to take off like a rocket ship and its final future destination is to boldly go where no human, animal or robot has gone before.

See y’all later in Seattle, Atlanta and around the world.

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