When discussing the importance of the internet and its history I often found myself overlooking the topic, as the internet is now a major part of daily life and society. After grasping an understanding on the internet’s origins it’s easier to recognize it’s surprising and interesting developments.
I once believed that Tim Berners-Lee was the person who created the internet. Although, understanding the branches that the internet has, other people, governments, corporations and lay users contributed to its development.
The Internet was not created by one concept, but was developed by many different ideas of what a network should be. Refining, fitting and combining these ideas created something that grew into the modern-day internet. What I found most interesting about it’s origins was how some of these ideas began and how society interacts with them today.
One important idea was the creation of the Arpanet in 1969. This was seen as the first form of internet. It was a new ‘packet switching’ technology and allowed computers to interact with each other. Despite it crashing on its first attempt this new technology formed the roots for the internet and today huge amounts of data can be transferred fast and effortlessly. This technology has become the norm in today’s society.
Another interesting branch of the internet was Ray Thomlinson’s development of Email in 1971. He used the ‘@’ symbol to separate the users name from the computer/domain name. Email introduced a new form of global communication and today nearly everyone has an Email address. Contact through emails has too become the norm in today’s society and to have an identity on the internet whether on social media or online banking requires your email. It has become a requirement for communicating with others and all online activity now links to your Email address.
An essential idea towards the internet’s creation was a proposal made in 1974. It involved all Arpanet like systems linking together, forming an ‘inter-network’ without central control or transmission protocol control. This proposal united all networks and the internet’s construction begins to form. Today the internet has many different networks allowing access to various amounts of information.
Another impacting idea was the creation of the Multi-User Dungeon (MUD). This text based virtual world combined role-playing games, interactive, fiction and online chat. MUD started popular online games such as World of Wart Craft (WOW) and Second Life. Today Multiplayer gaming has created its own sub audience and many different games can be played online and with others, such as Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto V.
In conclusion the internet has grown from many ideas that snowballed into greater development, giving rise social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. As well as online businesses such as eBay and Amazon. Nearly all business now have websites and pages to gain a wider audience from online users and to improve their accessibility. The Internet has become an everyday interaction and a necessity to function with other people and acquire information.
These are some ideas that I thought were important towards the internet’s development.
Do you agree with these ideas?
What ideas do you think were vital and why?
What do you think is the next step for the internet?