We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: a world without technology is hard to imagine. From the beginning of its time, it’s come an incredibly long way and is advancing at a super impressive rate.
In honour of its brilliance and that of the people behind it, here are a few interesting facts about technology that you may or may not have known:
Emails existed before the World Wide Web
Emails have been around for quite some time. Even though nowadays sending an email requires minimal thought and effort, it wasn’t always so easy. At the beginning, it required using a computer and a rotary telephone to connect to a service called Micronet, which was pre-World Wide Web, so there were no URLs; just numbered webpages.
The man responsible for this great means of communication was Ray Tomlinson who worked as an ARPANET contractor for Bolt Beranek and Newman (BBN) Technologies. He invented emails in 1972, and picked the @ symbol from the computer keyboard to denote sending messages from one computer to another.
Domain name registrations used to be free
Up until 1995, anyone who wanted to buy a domain name could do so for free. It was that year when a company called Network Solutions was granted the rights to start charging people – and not at low prices either. Prices typically started at $100 per two years of registration.
Around 30% of this price served as a fee for the National Science Foundation towards the creation of an “Internet Intellectual Infrastructure Fund.” In 1997, the fee was reversed and the charge was brought down to $70 for two years.
There are loads of people on the internet
At the moment, around 40% of the entire world’s population has an internet connection, meaning just under 3.5 billion people. In 1995, it was less than 1%.
From 1999 to 2013, the number of internet users increased tenfold. The first billion was reached in 2005, the second in 2010 and the third in 2014, and the number is increasing rapidly.