For our second trip down Techie Memory Lane we recall the uncertainty surrounding the turn of the century (remember the Y2K predictions?) and ask how it can possibly be that Twitter has been around for 15 years.
And here’s a little teaser for you – what did Google launch on April 1 of a certain year in this decade, prompting many people to think it was an April Fool’s joke?
The big question at the turn of the century was – is the world going to end? There was a huge fuss as everyone was urged to make sure their computers were Y2K (year 2000) compliant.
The moment our machines clicked from 1999 to 2000 the world held its breath. But we’re still here, aren’t we. No apocolyptic meltdown. Phew! And, by the way, our customers had no such anxieties. Just saying.
Google launches Google AdWords with 350 customers in October.
Google announces it has indexed more than one billion pages making it the Internet’s largest search engine.
The domain twitter.com comes online January 21.
Microsoft Windows XP home and professional editions are released October 25.
Apple first releases iTunes on the Mac January 9.
Microsoft announces April 11, that it will no longer include Clippy (the animated paperclip helper) with future releases of Microsoft Office (yay!).
Apple introduces the iPod and it goes on sale October 23.
Microsoft releases the original Xbox games console November 15.
The domain wikipedia.org comes online January 13.
PayPal is acquired by eBay on October 3.
Internet site LinkedIn launches May 5, 2003.
The Internet VoIP service Skype goes public August 29.
The Safari Internet browser is released June 30.
Mark Zuckerberg launches Thefacebook February 4, which later becomes Facebook.
Google announces Gmail on April 1. Many people take it as an April Fool’s Day joke.
Google now indexes 8 billion web pages.
Firefox 1.0 is first introduced on November 9.
YouTube is founded and comes online February 15.
The first YouTube video entitled ‘Me at the zoo’ is uploaded April 23, by Jawed Karim.
Google Maps is launched February 8.
Google releases Google Analytics in November.
On January 27 Western Union in the United States discontinued all telegram and commercial messaging services.
Skype announces that it had over 100 million registered users.
Google launches Google Calendar in April.
Three major events this year …
Apple releases the Apple iPhone to the public June 29.
Google releases Android November 5.
Amazon.com releases the first Kindle in the United States November 19.
Dropbox is founded.
T-Mobile’s G1 phone (HTC Dream) is the first phone to be released with Google Android 1.0 on September 23.
Google releases the first public version of Chrome December 11.
Apple releases the iPhone 3G June 9.
The Kickstarter service and website are started April 28.
Michael Jackson dies on June 25. The news of his death causes many of the biggest sites on the Internet to crash. Also, Google believed it is under a DDoS attack resulting in a block on all searches relating to Michael Jackson for 30 minutes.
Steve Jobs is named CEO of the decade by Fortune Magazine November 5, 2009.
Intel releases the Core 2 Duo processor E7500 (3M Cache, 2.93 GHz, 1066 MHz FSB) on January 18, 2009.