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Internet, The

Originally based on the ARPAnet military network launched in 1969 to link only universities, government bodies and defence agencies, the Internet quickly evolved into thousands of linked networks.

aol_internet1990 witnessed the introduction of America Online, which competed with the already established Prodigy and CompuServe networks by specialising in chat folders and offering an easy-to-use interface.

Thanks to the development of the World Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, information was easily shared between users using point-and-click ‘hyperlinks’.

In 1993 there were fewer than 100 web servers in the world. By 2003 there were over 30 million.