Digital through the ages

Digital through the ages

The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself back in 1971. According to Ray, the message was 'QWERTYIOP or something similar.'

April 28, 2016         Read 4607 times


First email ever sent

The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself back in 1971. According to Ray, the message was 'QWERTYIOP or something similar.' As well as sending the world's first email, he also invented the use of the @ symbol used within email addresses.

The Apple II computer arrives

This 8-bit beauty was launched in 1977, and was designed by Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. It featured two Disk II floppy disk drives, an integrated keyboard, sound, a plastic case and eight internal expansion slots. A far cry from our 27 inch 4.0GHz quad-core i7 processor iMacs!

First mobile phone

Motorola's DynaTAC was invented in the 70s and became the first mobile phone available for the public to buy for a staggering £2820.

First ever digital watch

With gold casing the only thing in common with the iWatch, the Pulsar P1 was the first digital watch to go on sale back in 1972, costing £1500.

Apple IIMotorola DynaTACPulsar P1


First domain name registered

The first domain name ever registered was on 15th March 1985, which now serves as a historic site. By 1995, domain names were no longer free to register and the company Network Solutions managed the registration process. Domain registration prices were £70 for two years per domain name. The .com domains were almost .cor but were finalised with .com being short for 'commerce.'

Remember the Sony Discman?

In 1984, Sony launched the first CD Walkman. The unit successfully sparked public interest in CDs, boosting their popularity and within a year and a half the D-50 Discman became profitable.

First digital camera

Although invented in 1975 by an engineer at Kodak Steve Sasson, the first true digital camera was created in 1988 and marketed in December 1989 in Japan. By the mid-2000s, they would eclipse traditional film in popularity.

First website Sony DiscmanEarly digital camera


The World Wide Web arrives!

Here's a link to the first website dedicated to information about the World Wide Web which went live on August 6, 1991.

First image ever posted on the Web

Interestingly, the image below was the first ever to be published on the Internet on 18th July 1992.The pic was tweaked in version one of Photoshop on a colour Mac and saved as a .gif before being uploaded by Tim Berners-Lee, one of the inventors of the Internet. We're so glad Photoshop allows better cut-out control now!

Amazon lands (how did we survive without it?!)

The company was originally launched by Jeff Bezos on 5th July 1994 and called 'Cadabra'. Jeff changed the name to Amazon a year later after a lawyer misheard its original name as 'cadaver'. The company went online as in 1995. The first book purchased on Amazon was Douglas Hofstadter's Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought in 1995.

World wide webFirst imageFirst book


The first social networking site

Friendster was the first social networking website launched in 2002 and grew to 3 million users in 3 months. MySpace was launched in 2003 as a clone of Friendster.

Facebook was founded

Founded in 2004, has become the largest social networking website in the world with over 1.65 billion users. The code written for the future 'Facebook' was originally called Facemash. The website started up using the domain name and in 2005 switched to after purchasing the domain name for $200,000.


How many people use the internet?

The number of internet users has increased tenfold from 1999 to 2013. 2014 saw 3 billion users worldwide.

Three top ranking sites

As of 2016, the three top ranking sites are:, and