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1839Foundation of the First Parcel Express Agency in the U.S. August 1872Montgomery Ward Issues the First General Merchandise Mail Order Catalogue 1878 – 1896Foundation of International Parcel Post Service January 1, 1913The U. S. Post Office Begins Parcel Post Service 1968Stewart Brand Issues "The Whole Earth Catalog": Google and Blogging before the Internet 1969Compuserve, the First Commercial Online Service, is Founded 1978 – June 30, 2012The Minitel 1979The Invention of Online Shopping 1988The First Operational Online Antiquarian Bookselling Site 1991"Clearing the Way for Electronic Commerce" 1992Precursor to Amazon.com's Online Bookstore 1993 – 1997"The First Successful Online Bookseller Service" 1993Development of Neural Networks May 1993The First Commercial Website with the First Online Advertising 1994 – 1996Google Begins with a Search Engine Called "BackRub" 1994Match.com is Founded March 1994"Selling Wine without Bottles" April 1994 – January 18, 1995Yahoo! is Founded April 12, 1994Commercial Spaming Starts with the "Green Card Spam" June 1994 – February 1996The HTTP Cookie is Invented June 1994The First Web Analytics Vendor July 1994 – July 1995Amazon.com is Founded September 27, 1994The First "Marketing on the Internet" Seminar Series 1995Probably the First For-Profit Social Networking Site 1995The First Web Page Tagging System March 1995Craigslist Initiates Free Online Classified Advertisements August 9, 1995The Beginning of the "Dot-Com Bubble" September 3, 1995eBay is Founded 1996Abebooks.com is Launched January 2, 1996First Recorded Use of the Term, Phishing 1997The First Web Analyzer with Drill-Down and Ad-Hoc Analysis 1998The Cluetrain Manifesto 1998Using Neural Networks for Word Sense Disambiguation September 7, 1998Google is Founded December 1998MyFamily.com 1999Domain Names are Property August 1999comScore is Founded November 29, 1999The Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act is Enacted 2000
Hairong Li
The "Journal of Interactive Advertising" Begins
February 7, 2000
A diagram of a Denial-of-Service Attack.
The First Documented Denial-of-Service Attacks
March 10, 2000
The Netscape logo
Climax of the Dot-Com Bubble
June 5, 2000 – March 2009eBook Distributor is Acquired by Barnes & Noble October 23, 2000
Google AdWords logo
Google Launches AdWords
March 5, 2001
The Napster logo
An Injunction Against Napter to Prevent Trading of Copyrighted Music
October 23, 2001
The original Apple iPod
Apple Launches the iPod
December 2001
The Rhapsody logo
Rhapsody is Launched
April 28, 2003
The iTunes interface
Apple Opens the iTunes Store
August 2003
Brad Greenspan
MySpace is Founded
October 23, 2003
Gary Wolf
Amazon Introduces "Search Inside" 120,000 Books
December 16, 2003
President George W. Bush, the 43rd president of the United States
The First U.S. Standards for Sending Commercial E-Mail
February 4, 2004
Mark Zuckerberg
September 22, 2004
Bram Cohen
BitTorrent is Commercialized
October 2004
Chris Anderson
"The Long Tail"
The original Kosmix.com search engine homepage
August 25, 2005 – January 11, 2006
A screenshot of the Million Dollar Homepage
The Million Dollar Homepage
November 2, 2005
Wolfgang von Kempelen
The Amazon Mechanical Turk
January 16, 2006
Gary Kremen
The Highest Price Paid for a Domain Name
January 22, 2006File-Sharing Exceeds Sales of Digital Music Downloads January 28, 2006
The iTunes U logo
College-Level Lectures Via Podcasts
February 8, 2006
The Zillow.com logo
Zillow.com is Launched
February 22, 2006
Steve Jobs speaking about the one billionth iTunes download
Over One Billion iTunes Downloads
April 23, 2006The Biggest Music Retailer in the World: Apple's iTune Store August 9, 2006
The Myspace login page layout from 2006
100,000,000 Users Within Three Years
October 2006
Will it Blend?: Viral Marketing
November 6, 2006
Tom Phillips, head of print operations at Google
Google's AdWords to Place Ads in Print Newspapers
November 6, 2006
Youtube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen
Google Buys YouTube
November 20, 2006
Terry T. Semel, left, the Chief of Yahoo at the time. Dean Singleton, right, the chief of MediaNews.
Newspaper Advertising in Partnership with Yahoo
January 2007Goodreads is Founded 2008 – November 18, 2013The First Virtual Currency Has a Real Value of 7 Billion Dollars May 2008About 200 Million People in the U.S. Have Broadband Connections July 10, 2008Opening of the iTunes App Store: the First App Distribution Service September 2008Craiglist Becomes the Leading Classified Advertising Service Worldwide November 25, 2008Downloads Trump CDs January 6, 2009Apple Eliminates Anticopying Restrictions from iTunes April 28, 2009Kickstarter.com is Launched May 6, 2009Larger Version of the Amazon Kindle Introduced May 21, 2009Changing the Advertising Model for General News Reporting June 9, 2009"Revenue at Craigslist is Said to Top $100,000,000" as Classified Advertising in Newspapers Declines October 19, 2009The Largest Study of Global Internet Traffic Since the Beginning of the Commercial Internet October 19, 2009Google Represents 6% of All Internet Traffic January 13, 2010After the Earthquake in Haiti, Donating by SMS Text February 22, 2010The First Superman Comic Book sells for $1,000,000. July 19, 2010For the First Time E-books Outsell Digital Books on Amazon.com October 2010 – December 17, 2012Instagram is Founded December 8, 2010The Website of MasterCard is Hacked by Wikileaks Supporters February 16 – September 18, 2011Borders Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy & Closes the Last of its Bookstores March 2, 2011In its First Year Apple's iBookstore Sold 100,000,000 Books April 18, 2011Walmart Buys Kosmix.com, Forming @WalmartLabs May 2011Microsoft Acquires Skype for $8.5 Billion May 2011McKinsey Report on the Impact of the Internet on Growth, Jobs, and Prosperity May 19, 2011Ebooks Outsell Physical Books on Amazon.com June 29, 2011News Corporation Sells MySpace for $545 Million Loss August 15, 2011 – January 2014Google Acquires Smart-Phone Maker Motorola Mobility; Sells its Hardware Division in January 2014 February 8, 2012Creative Destruction of the Book Trade by Amazon? April 30, 2012Microsoft Invests in Barnes & Noble's Nook eBook Reader Division May 29, 2012Growing Adoption of the eBook Format in the U. S. October 2012Online Advertising is Expected to Surpass Print Advertising, But TV Advertising Dwarfs Both October 29, 2012Penguin to Merge with Random House October 29, 2012$2.6 Billion Spent on Ads on Phones and Tablets in 2012 November 4, 2012Google Has 67% of the U.S. Search Market and Collects 75% of U.S. Search Ad Dollars December 19, 2012"How the antiquarian book market has evolved for life on the web" January 20, 2013Online Reviews Used as Attack Weapons to Kill Sales of a Book July 5, 2013Amazon Sells More than 25% of New Books in the U.S. July 19, 2013Sixty Percent of Book Sales, Print & Digital, Now Occur Online August 5, 2013Bezos Purchases the Washington Post October 10, 2013Use of the Internet by Part-Time Business Owners in 2013 October 29, 2013Amazon Launches the Kindle MatchBook Service November 1 – November 21, 2013The First Auction of Internet Domains by a Major Auction House November 7, 2013Retail e-commerce sales expanded 15 percent in the U.S in 2012—seven times as fast as traditional retail. November 11, 2013The U.S. Postal Service Will Deliver Amazon Packages on Sundays December 1, 2013Amazon.com and UPS Envision Eventually Delivering Packages Via Drones December 10, 2013The NSA Uses "Cookies" to Pinpoint Targets for Hacking December 20, 2013eCommerce Accounts for Only About 6% of Commerce in the U.S. December 24, 2013"As New Services Track Habits, the E-Books are Reading You" January 21, 2014My First Purchase of a Hardcover Book for One Cent on the Internet February 17, 2014"Cheap Words. Amazon is good for consumers but is it good for books?" May 8, 2014Amazon May Control "More than a Third" of the U.S. Book Trade July 14, 2014Sotheby's Officially Teams with eBay for Online Auctions August 10, 2014Media Companies Spin Off Newspapers to Create Stand-Alone "Print Companies"