In its early days, the Internet was only used by very few people and almost exclusively at universities.
As early as 1969, it was switched on for the first time at that time there were only a few computers at four different US universities. At this time, the number of Internet users was 5,000. There were so few, that there was actually a kind of “PHONE BOOK” with all people on the Internet.
One of the biggest problems in the early days of the Internet was that different computer networks did not use the same language and were therefore not compatible with each other. Finding something on the internet back then was then a bit like looking for a certain room in the Tower of Babel.
This situation changed in 1982 when the official connection protocol of the Internet was TCP / IP a standard for every new network. Through this protocol, networks that had previously been cut off from one another suddenly exchanged information.
With this decision, the Internet began to spread quickly. In 1982, for example, 15 autonomous networks were online, four years later it was already over 4,000. Even individual computers with Internet access were more and more, of them in 1985 about 2,000 pieces and 1989 already nearly 160,000.
Today, the Internet is an integral part of our everyday life. Companies store their data online, people order their food on the Internet, buy their insurance, send files, meet their friends and find out what’s happening in the world. But only a few of them know how this actually works.