More than 4.5 billion people around the world now use the Internet. You turn on a computer, type in a few words, and you’re connected to the Internet. You can listen to the Internet radio and play music files stored on your computer. You can also send email letters to friends. 1) Believe it or not, it all began in the United States more than 50 years ago as the government wanted to link some of its computers together. 2) Someone on one computer could get information from another.
Finally, in 1969 four computers were linked together to form the ARPANET, the very beginnings of the Internet. 3) Scientists joined in. So did businesses and colleges. Still, home computers weren’t part of the Internet yet. 4) People had to type in complicated commands, and they weren’t the same for all computers.
In 1991, the World Wide Web (WWW) was born. 5) In 1992, a new computer program was invented. The new program allowed people to click on images and words. Then almost anyone could use the Internet.