Top Inventions In Last 25 Years That Shaped The Internet


From banking to news, education, shopping and socializing; internet completely transformed our lives, making it more convenient and interesting than ever. In fact it’s already a part of our life, for most of us the day starts with flipping through our mails, updating social media status or reading online news. But the internet isn’t just limited to sharing information, it’s a global phenomenon.

From government to media, entertainment, and business; the internet is a medium that shrinks our world from macro to micro. Did you know, the internet of today wasn’t same few decades back? It’s the absolute endeavor of some creative minds that shaped the internet as we know of today. Let’s check 5 top inventions that changed the internet in the past 25 years:

Online Banking

  • After a failed attempt in 1981, SFCU (Standford Federal Credit Union) in 1994 became the first US institution to offer online banking to all of its clients. Following the lead, in 1995 Presidential bank offered their customers the service to access their account details online and provided ATM card facilities.
    This triggered the banking revolution globally, with several other banks joining the party; it was an outstanding shift that was sure to change the future. Meanwhile the “Security First Network Bank” became the first dedicated online bank in the US and unlocked the path for future online banking


  • Purchasing day to day commodities or selling our goods and services online, e-commerce is similar to an engine accelerating our lives and economy. Started back in mid-nineties, it gained quite popular in a short period of time. Amazon, started as an online bookstore in 1995, is now a major world e-commerce service offering all sorts of products like electronics, healthcare, home, beauty, etc. Similarly, eBay was an auction site but now operate E-com services round the globe.

Media Streaming

  • In 1995, Real Networks became the first to stream a live event over the internet. They telecast a baseball game of that year’s American League Playoff. Just after a year, Paramount theater streamed their first concert online; this was the beginning of a new form of media. “Wired Magazine” was the first to provide regular online streaming service and featured soundtracks online. The initial form of streaming was primarily audio based, as it doesn’t require much bandwidth.

Wireless Internet

  • Around 1985, IEEE (Institute of Electric and Electronic Engineers) and WECA (Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance) was formed with the sole purpose to develop and propagate wireless technology round the globe. They accomplished their first breakthrough in 1990, when Vic Hayes is also known as the father of WI-Fi was appointed as the new Chairman of IEEE. For almost a decade, he helped in the development of wireless technology and its market worldwide. His sincere efforts and out of the box thinking led to the widespread use of WI-Fi, this also led the foundation of the modern wireless internet.

Social Media

  • SixDegrees.Com, the first social media website was started back in 1997. Allowing the users to create profiles, upload photos and make friends, it primitively triggered the era of Social media. In 1999, blogging websites started sprouting throughout the web. Following the lead of SixDegrees, many more social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, are now an integral part of our virtual life.

Carolyn Jennings

Love writing about the latest tech news. I have been in this industry for the past 5 years and I love it.