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.







  • 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.








  • 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.







  • 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.[citation needed]


  • 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.




  • 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.



  • 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.


  • Email: First proposal for standardization of electronic mail message format in RFC 561.



  • Telnet: A system for logging in, over a network, to a computer situated in another location.[3]
  • 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'.[4]


  • Email: Electronic mail applications are developed on timesharing main frame computers for communication between system users.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cornell University Library (2003). "Digital Preservation and Technology Timeline". Digital Preservation Management. USA. Retrieved August 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ Vara, Vauhini (5 December 2005). "Project Gutenberg Fears No Google". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 15 August 2007. 
  3. ^ RFC 495 - Announcement of Telnet protocol
  4. ^ "ARPANET – The First Internet", Living Internet