The Unusual History of the Internet

I wanted to share some interesting facts about the Internet with you today. The information below was accumulated by Business Insider.

What The Internet Looks Like

The World Wide Web wasn’t always a sprawling network of computers circling the Earth. It was first invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 on his NeXTcube from NeXT, the company started by Steve Jobs after he was ousted from Apple.



The Creation of the Word Internet

The word “internet” first appeared in the “Internet Transmission Control Program” booklet in 1974 as a shortening of the term “internetworking” or “inter-system networking. The entire story is featured in the book “Tubes.”


A Coffee Pot Inspired the Webcam

Once upon a time, there was only one coffee pot located in the computer lab at the University of Cambridge. The webcam was created to help people working in other parts of the building avoid pointless trips to the coffee room by providing a live 128×128 greyscale picture of the state of the coffee pot on several desktop computers.

Google Bought the Gmail Domain from Garfield, the Comic Strip

Before its acquisition by Google, the domain name was used by a free email service offered by, online home of the comic strip Garfield.


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