Including 1st Photo, YouTube Video, eBay Item, & Tweet!
It's been 20 years since the first photo was posted on the Internet. It was a photo from a party in Switzerland, and it shows four women in dresses that are VERY early '90s. A few other Internet firsts: The first email was sent in 1971 . . . the first domain name was Symbolics.com . . . and the first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer.
-The first email was sent by a programmer named Ray Tomlinson in 1971. He made the decision to use the "at" symbol as part of email addresses . . . and sent an email explaining to his coworkers how to use email.
-The first item sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer that belonged to the founder of the site, PIERRE OMIDYAR. He sold it in September of 1995 for $14.
-The first tweet was sent by Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter. On March 21st, 2006, he wrote, quote, "just setting up my twttr." No capitalization, spelling, or punctuation . . . in other words, a perfect tweet.
-The first domain name was Symbolics.com, and was registered by a computer manufacturing company called Symbolics on March 15th, 1985. That company no longer exists . . . the domain now shows an infographic about web history.
-The first YouTube video was posted on April 23rd, 2005 by YouTube's forgotten founder, Jawed Karim. It's a pointless 19-second video of him at the zoo.
-The first search engine was called Archie and was made by a student in Montreal in 1990. It's actually still up, but it only lets you search Polish websites.
-The first Facebook user was, obviously, MARK ZUCKERBERG. The second was one of his roommates and co-founders, Chris Hughes.
-The first porno website is harder to trace . . . but it's believed to be sex.com, which was created in the mid '80s.