National Internet Day is October 29 and looking back at AOL’s quaint “You’ve got mail” ads circa 1997, few could imagine what the Internet would mean all these years later. We loved this new “email,” but could we imagine booking entire overseas vacations on our phones at 3 am? Or something called Instagram? Or the Web’s worldwide implications? Let’s take a moment to reflect on how it all happened — and what’s coming next.
What are national internet day-related holidays?
Whether it’s a bank account or pics that we should never have taken, our personal life is personal. National Computer Security Day reminds us that although we deserve to have our privacy protected, we can’t only rely on someone else to do the job.
National Download Day
National Download Day celebrates the one week of the year when Americans download the most apps. The main reason? People who receive shiny new smartphones as holiday gifts.
World Password Day
Still, using your cat’s name followed by an “&” for your 401(k) account password? Sorry, but that’s not enough to protect your life savings in 2020. Ensure you add strong authentication to your important passwords to prevent identity theft and other cybercrimes.
History of national internet day
October 29, 1969. Charley Kline, a young grad student on the UCLA campus, attempts to send the first internet message to his colleague, Bill Duvall, at Stanford. They’re working on ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), the U.S. Defense Department-funded network that connected four terminals installed at UCLA, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Utah.
They succeeded — sort of — in their attempt to send the word “LOGIN.”
Charley Kline: “So I’m on the phone and I type the L and say, ‘OK, I typed in L, you got that?’ Bill Duvall, the guy at Stanford, is watching his monitor and he has the L. I typed the O. Got the O. Typed the G.’ Wait a minute,’ Bill says, ‘my system crashed. I’ll call you back.'” An hour later, under the watchful eye of UCLA computer science professor Leonard Kleinrock, Kline could send the complete “LOGIN” message.
Another man, a computer scientist named Joseph Licklider, also deserves credit for being an internet pioneer with an early vision of a worldwide computer network long before it was built. Today he’s known as “computing’s Johnny Appleseed.”
It’s impossible to calculate the effect of the Internet on society as a whole. That’s like figuring out how the telephone and printing press changed the world. We started with chat rooms, email programs, and some basic websites and ended up amidst a cultural revolution. Today we’ve got the mail and access to infinite possibilities in our back pockets. Literally.
National internet day timeline
AOL introduces a monthly flat rate for access to internet chat rooms instead of charging by the hour. For $19.95 a month, users could stay for as long as they wanted. AOL’s subscriber base would grow to 17 million by 1999.
The iMac Makes Computing Easy
Apple designs a landmark (and colourful) desktop computer that users can set up with a simple two-step process. Apple’s catchphrase in a popular commercial? “There’s no step 3.” Another ad showed a 7-year-old setting up an iMac in just over eight minutes.
Let’s Get Social
Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook as a Harvard-only social network. By 2011, Facebook’s estimated worth stood at $50 billion. The dawn of “fake news” on Facebook would influence the 2016 presidential election.
It’s Prime Time, Baby!
Amazon emerges as America’s second-largest private employer. (Only Walmart has more workers.) Jeff Bezos’ company has connections to more than a third of all retail products bought or sold online in the U.S. Amazon also owns Whole Foods and helps arrange the shipment of items purchased across the Web.
National internet day activities
- Mix up your passwords
- It might seem like a boring way to celebrate, but the next time a giant bank gets hacked, you’ll be able to rest just a tad easier. Hopefully.
- Make your memes
- Whether you’re a photoshop wiz, or a computer klutz, making a meme is easy. Find a funny picture that you’d like to annotate (or start with a classic meme image), and get creative
- Unplug! Just for a day.
- You wouldn’t dare refrain from pizza on National Pizza Day, so why unplug from the Web on National Internet Day? Well, because we can! Most of us use the Internet daily, and it can be easy to forget how much we depend on it. By taking a day off, we can also appreciate the offline world.
Why we love national internet day
- It connects us like never before
- Many technologies promised to connect the world — the mail service, telegraph, and the telephone, to name a few — but none succeeded with such scale and speed as the Web. A message that once could have taken weeks to receive can now be transmitted across the world (and the solar system!) in mere moments.
- It’s a global equalizer
- Thirty years ago, only the world’s wealthiest individuals and institutions had access to a library of information compared with what’s online today. While it’s still not an entirely free process, the price of information access has fallen dramatically with the rise of the Internet, putting infinite information into the pockets of billions across the globe.
- Cats, cats, and more cats.
- For a tool that so many people use so differently, one part of the Internet seems constant: cats. From long cats to Grumpy cats, our feline friends have become quick celebrities on the Internet, and as history tells us, we’re always looking for a new hero. The Internet delivers every day!