The internet only became commercialized in 1995, but its genesis goes back to the late 1960s, more precisely October 29, 1969. That was the date when Robert William Tayor, a former NASA researcher working for the Pentagon’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), launched the ARPAnet operational network, which is recognized as the precursor to what became the internet. ARPAnet provides the starting point for visitors to the recently launched The Big Internet Museum, a virtual venue for all things great and downright silly about the internet.
The museum is presented as a slideshow and moves over a timeline that covers 1969 to 2012. At the time of writing this article the tour ended with South Korean superstar Psy’s Gangnam Style, which has notched over one billion views on YouTube. Between ARPAnet and K-pop madness are AOL, MSN, LOLCats and many other internet icons, some of which already look positively vintage now. Some pieces are likely to give visitors a warm feeling of nostalgia, such as the page about Geocities, which colorfully ruled the Web-hosting arena in the late 90s.
The online museum project was devised by Dutch advertising professionals Dani Polak, Joep Drummen and Joeri Bakker. MediaMonks, a leading digital production agency in The Netherlands, chipped in with the technology and a mobile version of the museum is currently in development.
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