5 Firsts in Internet History

See where it all began

The internet is a database of “firsts”. While the construction of the internet dates back to the 60s, almost everything we use on a day-to-day basis on the world wide web was invented in the last 20 years (or less): search engines, social networking, online shopping. Take a look at five hilarious first moments in history of the internet and see where it all began. Also, check out Buzzfeed for a master list.

First Photo Uploaded to the Web:


Parody pop group Les Horribles Cernettes didn’t really know what computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee was up to with the whole “World Wide Web” thing, but they needed all the press they could get. I can’t say much about their musical legacy, but they will forever go down as the first photo ever uploaded to the internet.

The First Tweet:

Founder Jack Dorsey tested out his new social networking platform on March 21, 2006. Little did he know the massive impact Twitter would have on a global level.

First Photo Posted to Instagram:

A photo posted by Kevin Systrom (@kevin) on

Three months before the official worldwide release of Instagram, co-founder Kevin Systrom snapped the photo of his pup while standing at a taco stand in Todos Santos, New Mexico. Since this moment in July 2010, Instagram has grown into one of the most universally recognized photo-sharing apps, with over 400 million active users.

First video uploaded to YouTube:

Jawed Karim posted this video of him at the zoo back in April 2005 on the brand new video sharing website, YouTube. Even though it’s the first video ever uploaded to the site, its 30 million views is nothing compared to the highest viewed video: Psy’s “Gangnam Style” (sitting at 2.5 billion views).

First Facebook Page:


(Photo by Niall Kennedy via Flickr)

Even the prominent social networking site with more than 1.59 billion monthly active users came from humble beginnings. The first profile belongs to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg back in 2005.

The First Banner Ad


…and Landing Page


Way before there was Facebook and Twitter, there were ads on the internet. Some things never change. The first banner ads dates back to Oct. 27, 1994, when AT&T launched this online ad.

Main image courtesy reynermedia via Flickr