History Wing

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Chatroulette

Andrey Ternovsky, 2009 Andrey Ternovsky created Chatroulette when he was 17 and the name is obviously based on the slightly…

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4chan

Christopher Poole, 2003 4chan was founded in 2003 by Christopher Poole and is a vastly popular image board. At that…

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Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales, Larry Sanger, 2001 In 2001 Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched Wikipedia: a free online encyclopedia. What is…

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CAPTCHA

Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas Hopper, John Langford, 2000 Despite what some people think, a CAPTCHA is not intended…

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Blogging

Jorn Barger, Peter Merholz, 1997 After the invention of the HTTP protocol people started posting online diaries, chronicling their thoughts…

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Google

Larry Page, Sergey Brin, 1997 PhD students Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally set up Google as a research program…

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Jennicam

Jennifer Ringley, 1996 In 1996 JenniCAM was the most talked-about site on the Internet. Twenty-year-old student Jennifer Ringley started her…

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AltaVista

Paul Flaherty, Louis Monier, Michael Burrows, Joella Paquette, 1995 AltaVista was once one of the most popular web search engines…

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Chat lingo

Collective idea, 1988 Btw, gr8 pic frm ur gf on msn, tlk 2 u l8r m8 lol. If you didn’t…