Timeline of popular Internet services
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This is a timeline of popular Internet services listed in reverse chronological order. The Internet service that first reached popularity in a category is listed. This may not always be the service that started the category. In addition the one or two currently most popular services in a category may also be listed. The current year is omitted to avoid dynamic inconsistency.
- Coursera, a site offering mostly free massive open online courses.
- Vine, a six-second video media platform.
- Tinder, a social discovery dating mobile application.
- Google+, a social networking system by Google, integrating several of the company's existing services, such as Google Buzz and Picasa Web Albums.
- Snapchat, a photo messaging application.
- Instagram, an online photo-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take a picture, apply a digital filter to it, and share it.
- Pinterest, a pinboard-style photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more.
- Google Docs, a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google goes out of beta.
- Quora, a question-and-answer website
- Bing, a web search engine from Microsoft
- WhatsApp, a free mobile messaging app
- Bitcoin, the first practical digital currency and cryptocurrency
- GitHub, a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system.
- TinEye, a reverse image search engine.
- Spotify, a DRM-based music streaming service offering unlimited streaming of selected music from a range of major and independent record labels.
- Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), a cloud computing platform that allows users to rent virtual computers on which to run their own computer applications.
- Dropbox, a file hosting service that uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the Internet using file synchronization.
- Android Market, then an app store; now merged with Google Music and known as Google Play.
- Google Street View, a technology featured in Google Maps and Google Earth that provides panoramic views from various positions along many streets in the world.
- Kindle, the e-book reader by Amazon.com is launched together with the e-book virtual bookshop. In July 2010 Amazon announced that e-book sales for its Kindle reader outnumbered sales of hardcover books.
- Tumblr is a microblogging platform that allows users to post text, images, videos, links, quotes and audio to their tumblelog, a short-form blog.
- SoundCloud, an online audio distribution platform which allows collaboration, promotion and distribution of audio recordings.
- Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read other users' updates, tweets, which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.
- Khan Academy, free educational video repository with more than 3,000 micro lectures, automated exercises, and tutoring.
- PlayStation Network, a multiplayer gaming service for use with the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.
- YouTube, a video sharing website.
- Google Earth, a virtual globe computer program.
- Megaupload, allows users to upload and download files.
- OpenID, an open standard that describes how users can be authenticated in a decentralized manner.
- Reddit, a social news and entertainment website.
- OpenStreetMap, a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world
- Gmail, a free web-based email service from Google
- Facebook, a social networking site
- World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game
- Flickr, a photo and video sharing website.
- Skype, a software application that allows users to make voice calls over the Internet.
- iTunes is an online store which sells music and videos in downloadable form.
- MySpace is a social networking website.
- Steam, a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform for computer games developed by Valve Corporation.
- Second Life is a virtual world.
- 4chan, an English-language imageboard website.
- The Pirate Bay, a Swedish website that hosts torrent files.
- Moodle, a free software e-learning platform.
- Tor, a system intended to enable online anonymity is released.
- Last.fm, a music recommender system.
- LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking site is founded and launched next year.
- TinyURL, a URL shortening service.
- Xbox Live, an online multiplayer gaming service, originally and previously available for the Xbox, now for Xbox 360, Xbox One and some Windows operating systems.
- Wikipedia, a collaboratively edited, multilingual, free Internet encyclopedia.
- StumbleUpon, a discovery engine that uses collaborative filtering to recommend web content to its users.
- Meetup, an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world.
- Blogger is a blog publishing service that allows private or multi-user blogs with time-stamped entries.
- TripAdvisor, travel site that assists customers in gathering travel information, posting reviews and opinions of travel related content and engaging in interactive travel forums.
- RSS, the first version of the web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works is created at Netscape.
- SourceForge, a web-based source code repository. It acts as a centralized location for software developers to control and manage open source software development.
- SETI@home, an Internet-based public volunteer computing project. Its purpose is to analyze radio signals, searching for signs of extra terrestrial intelligence.
- Napster (now defunct) was an online music peer-to-peer file sharing service.
- Google Inc. launched a search engine for web sites of the World Wide Web, subsequently extending search facilities to many types of media, including books, magazines, forums, email, news.
- Yahoo! Groups, a community-driven Internet communication tool, a hybrid between an electronic mailing list and an Internet forum starts off as Yahoo! Clubs.
- PayPal, an e-commerce business allowing payments and money transfers to be made through the Internet.
- Babel Fish launched by AltaVista. It was the first language translation service for web content, with technology provided by SYSTRAN.
- Netflix, an American corporation that offers both on-demand video streaming over the Internet, and flat rate online video rental.
- Go Daddy, an Internet domain registrar and Web hosting company.
- About.com, an online resource for original information and advice.
- Ultima Online (UO), a graphical massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).
- Internet Archive is an archive of periodically cached versions of websites.
- Hotmail, a free web-based email service.
- Ticketmaster, a ticket sales and distribution company goes online and sells its first ticket through their platform.
- Shopzilla, a price comparison service.
- Ebay is an auction and shopping website.
- Wiki: A website that anyone can edit.
- Craigslist, a centralized network of online communities, featuring free online classified advertisements.
- AltaVista, a web search engine. It was once one of the most popular search engines but its popularity declined with the rise of Google. It was bought and later closed down by Yahoo!.
- Amazon.com is an online retailer, best known for selling books, but now sells all kinds of goods.
- GeoCities, a free web hosting service, now defunct, founded as Beverly Hills Internet (BHI) by David Bohnett and John Rezner.
- The Yahoo! website started off as a web directory and soon became a webportal offering all kinds of Internet services.
- Match.com, an online dating company.
- Netscape Navigator, the original browser of the Netscape line
- FedEx.com launches, being the first transportation web site to offer online package tracking.
- Blog: A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website which resembles an online diary. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. Originally hand-coded, there are now blogging tools (a kind of content management system) to facilitate searching and linking to other blogs.
- CDDB, a database for software applications to look up audio CD (compact disc) information over the Internet.
- Hutchison Paging email gateway allows emails to be sent to message pagers in the UK. This same system worked with Orange mobile phones when they were launched in 1994, emails would arrive as texts.
- HTML was developed by a British engineer, Tim Berners-Lee while working in CERN. This was devised so that reports from CERN, including photographs, graphs and tables could be shared (served) across the web.
- Veronica (search engine) provides an index of files on Gopher servers.
- arXiv, an open access archive for electronic preprints of scientific papers.
- Gopher: A hypertext system which was soon largely replaced by the World Wide Web.
- ARPANET was retired and merged into the NSFNET.
- IMDb, the Internet Movie Database.
- The Archie search engine lists names of files on FTP sites.
- Internet Relay Chat (IRC): A form of real-time Internet text messaging (chat) or synchronous conferencing. It is mainly designed for group communication in discussion forums, called channels, but also allows one-to-one communication via private message.
- Internet: A global computer network which was created by interconnecting various existing networks with the TCP/IP protocol suite.
- First standardization of the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, a network transmission standard for the transport of email.
- Usenet: A distributed threaded discussion and file sharing system; a collection of forums known as newsgroups, that was a precursor to today's web-based forums. One notable difference from a BBS or web forum is that there is no central system owner. Usenet is distributed among a large, constantly changing conglomeration of servers which store and forward messages to one another.
- MUD: First real-time, multi-player MUD adventure game was developed by Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle at Essex University, England.
- FTP: File Transfer Protocol.
- Project Gutenberg, a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works.
- Telnet: A system for logging in, over a network, to a computer situated in another location.
- ARPANET connected Stanford research Institute in Santa Barbara to the University of Utah, an early version of the Internet was born, although the first attempt actually crashed on the 'g' of the word 'Login'.
- Email: Electronic mail applications are developed on timesharing main frame computers for communication between system users.
- History of the Internet
- List of Internet phenomena
- List of virtual communities with more than 100 million users
- Before the Internet some countries had Videotex services such as the UK's Prestel and France's Minitel.
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- RFC 495 - Announcement of Telnet protocol
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