How the Web Became a Thing | The History of the Internet, Part 2

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  • Basically SciShow covered everything I learned in a college web history course.
    Why do people expect us to pay to go to college, again?

  • "Others say that the first one opened down in Australia instead"

    Ha… That's a funny joke.

  • Holy crapola, look at the bibliography!

  • In part 3….How the web turned into he largest porn library ever created!

  • I was born in '93. I'm among the first people to have lived their entire life in a world with internet. I literally don't know what it's like to not have it.

  • I remember listening to an interview with Tim, I think it was the anniversary of the web or something… he said the second slash in http:// is pointless, and he only put it there because it looked like it needed to be there

  • Robert Caillou stared outside and stared outside and stared outside…

  • First got online at my rural school in BFE Tennessee in late 1994. Mosaic was introduced to us as outdated with the better web browser being Netscape. Learned to program in FORTRAN 77 for the government subsided class Adventures in Supercomputing. The local phone company was given a huge grant to provide internet service to the school and later the area which it did two years later.

    I got so much out of that class including my love affair with computers in general, the internet, MUDDS, and chat programs.Telneting into university chat rooms was awesome.

  • want that shirt

  • I remember 300 bps…. Bonus points if you know what GENIE stood for…

  • My family and i had dial-up just until earlier this year….. im almost 20. No fast internet would work where we lived

  • Interesting video, as a computer guy, didn't no most of this. You learn something new everyday.

  • internet a human right? And yet child abuses get crap sentences and ruin a childs childhood? dear god where is world coming to smh

  • Hello, space fans

  • I kid you not: My parents still use dial-up. I don't know how, or who still provides it in southern Ontario, but someone does.

  • I was normal, until I discovered the Internet

  • Hank this is completely unrelated to the topic but can you make video about vertical farming vs traditional farming because only develop countries are utilIizing this strategy. and the science behind it is great that is probably going decrease our carbon footprint in the planet.

  • 1994, college professors going on about how this new internet would replace library cards, and that someday you could use a laptop to listen to music, watch TV and movies, or chat with someone in another country. 1995, my first Netscape ready Compaq laptop with one of those modem lines.

    This is while Mac users had better stuff like that new up and coming Prodigy, Ha. Still using a version of Netscape called Firefox. Lol. also bacxk in 1995 this much text would have taken at least 14 mins to process.

  • The history of the internet 2: electric boogaloo

  • www is just the name (or alias) for a server on a domain. For example, is a domain that includes many computers and many servers (hosts). tells the router that manages the domain that you want the host named www. It's synonymous with the World Wide Web since it would be the server that would host the hyperlinked mark up files.

    Now it is meaningless since most major sites have multiple servers not named www sharing the load and as long as everything is configured correctly a URL with or without a www is the same.

  • "And even though new parents might disagree, humans just don't make sounds that are that high-pitched." Hahahahaha!!!!

  • Wow, the web was first made public in 1993, that seems like eons ago! I built my first web page in 1995 and by 1998 had a website that was in the top 100 most popular (#98, but still it was something). Now twenty years later all the kids have their YouTube and Facebook and their smart phones and smart watches – the pace of change has just been astounding!

  • super interesting stuff

  • Didn't know the internet has been around for that long, this is mind opening! I thought it started around early 2000s considering it was fully available for me back in 2012. Whoa.

  • My first modem was a telephone that sat in a cradle. I wrote my own dial-up programs… as we all did. Good old ATDT…

  • I had a 2400 baud modern. Then a 14.4k, 28.8k, 33.6k, and 56k. And while sure, it felt a little like magic, it was still frustratingly, absolutely mind-fuckingly slow. I wholeheartedly disagree with your statement on that one Hank. Thankfully, we had behemoth CRT monitors that could withstand being repeatedly punched.

  • My first taste of online was in college at the end of the 80's via a closed network to other colleges in the state and later the early web. I ran my own BBS (Bulletin Board System) that provided forums for discussion, games, private local email and then network mail covering multiple states and dozens of small BBS. Single user, dialup. Paid for multiple phone lines and all that. Started out at 2400 baud, then 9600, 14.4, 28.8, and finally 56.6. To get on the internet after losing my access at the local college (my data and time usage was frowned upon) I skipped AOL, CompuServ, and all those other services instead choosing a local ISP for direct access. Used internet connection sharing in Windows to allow my computer and my partner's to use that single 56k dialup connection so that we could play Asheron's Call together. All of it was terribly slow and a pain in the ass to get working. It's so easy now! 🙂

  • Ahhh, good. I don't think I could have dealt with that young women's voice for another ten + minutes.

  • When I started I had the 56k phone modem and ran right at 48k .

  • could you add more animated picture when you talk and example

  • Please do a video explaining how dryer sheets can clean scorched pots.

  • Netscape? My first browser was Mosaic. Yep, I'm old.

  • What's the internet?

  • Why do programmers write Hello World as their first program?

  • imagine doing business by without internet and email and servers to conect to… one time i at my workplace we had to send a fax with some ppw for a transaction because the other company's internet wasn't​ working… there was one person who knew how to send a fax… and it took 3 tries and 3 different phone numbers to get it through… we almost missed the courier and would have failed to ship out the order…

  • I actually remember most of this stuff happening, and more besides (Gopher sites anyone?)

    I feel so old now.

  • Remember Netscape Navigator? Shoot, I remember using Encyclopedia Brittanica on compact discs.

  • when the Google raised from the ashes lol

  • thank fuck the annoying voice has gone

  • So, Firefox can be seen as the revenge of Netscape Navigator?

  • Ahh the era of internet caffe, wasting time in irc rooms lying about your age.

  • what a great video!

  • No, it seemed slow to me even then.

  • Cool video! Small thing worth mentioning: at 8:35. HTTP is not used to read documents, but instead to fetch data from internet domains/addresses. In turn, HTML is the "language" read/interpreted by browsers in order to display documents with hyperlinks on them.

  • Hank you used the phrase "turn of the millennium" before 2021!!! Your brother John is going to be furious!

  • Wait… I still use Netscape, so………

  • I remember my very first modem able to access the Internet. It was 300 baud. And I thought I was THE SHIT!

  • My first browser was Mosaic. I still have original versions on 3.5 floppys from the early 90s.

  • I'm a 1991 baby and I can remember Netscape like back in the day

  • Talking of the Web and hypertext and no mention of DNS…..Without DNS the web is nothing….

  • 5:40 "Humans don't make sounds that were that high pitched" … You clearly never heard me while playing a game with horror elements … I regularly confuse bats.

  • wow Hank is on another level of hosting

  • Sometimes i question the sources or if there is any at all, then i look in the description and say "Holy Shit!!!!"

  • thx for this awesomely ha bisky vid and the erly internet saved my cousins life if my uncle didnt have access to it she would have died

  • Thank you, very much. I could help translate if I had it in writing! Some of the terms would be difficult…but, you might already have them translated.

  • Republicans hate the internet because the internet helps people have sexual freedom.


  • That's the joker shirt


  • Oh yeah dial up and all the tones it makes the good old days.

  • Quick question what makes things sticky?

  • "right" is a bit exaggerated.

  • on 00:10 HANK is like " do you have a smartphone " in a weird manner
    That make me say "YEAH"

  • 4:40 of course you don't, you made it it ascii art

  • 4:40 of course you don't, you made it in ascii art

  • i remember my 14400 kb modem 14kb/s

  • 1989 is also known among us old fogeys as "the September that never ended." That's because before then, new students getting online each September were a bit of a noticeable annoyance. When internet access became available to the public the flood of noticeable annoyances no longer stopped. 🙂

  • 1:03 "… started jerking off"

    Once heard, it can't be unheard.

  • his brother runs crashcourse right??

  • Let me guess, fellow Firefox user?

  • Internet is mostly porn…

  • HYTELNET and Gopher were great, In the day. Finger the right account and you could get your local weather report or who knows. "around the world and back in 800 ms" LoL…

  • WHAT?!?


  • A series about the history of operating systems and the capabilities they had at those times would be cool.

  • ah dial up day .. 56kbps 😀

  • Well done, Young man! Thanks for sharing.

  • tararara it's the motherfucking triple-double-U world wide web

  • "A human right", RIP net neutrality, RIP rights

  • this video actually managed to make us feel old. sigh

  • Please don't confuse making money with making a living.

  • awwww man I liked how the female explained stuff in the first video way better.

  • Please, just stop. Get a new hobby

  • internet being a human right? that's going waaaaayyy too far

  • Did you mention Gopher. It slightly predated the web and introduced some of the stuff that ended up in the web browsers.

  • So, let me get this straight. The first time Internet service providers became a thing and offered internet to the public, literally the first thing they did was have a debate about who was first? It is JUST like youtube. How meta.

  • wait.. is this John Green's brother?

  • Oh, god, that modem sound.
    (not necessarily good ones. Dial-up sometimes crashes if the phone rings unless you have a splitter. We found that out…the hard way. :P)

  • Shoutouts to Tim Burners-Lee, he indirectly helped write this comment.

  • Remember modems 😀 And Netscape. That was times.

  • “WHEN WE WERE FIRST DOING IT, IT DID NOT SEEM SLOW, IT SEEMED LIKE MAGIC!” Lol that’s so funny and true. I used the time to go get snacks 😂😂

  • 9:09 technically the first web browser was mosaic witch was VARY bear bone then was defeated by IE (yes true story) and was bought by AOL but before they where that made the code Open source. So Mozilla took that modified it and made it Fire fox then came Google Chrome… IE only had like 5 years of fame…

  • You forgot to mention MOSAIC.
    I remember when my sons got annoyed with me because I had a 300baud modem whereas they were both stuck with 110baud acoustic couplers.

  • I remember Netscape. You could never tell whether it was working or not. Then IE came and if it didn't find the website, it would add www. to the front and .com to the end. I set off to read my e-mails once. When I came back IE was searching for The internet was down that day.

  • The beginning of spam!

  • I needed to watch this for my ICT exam D:

  • I'm still waiting for you guys to mention Usenet.
    Maybe in part 3? 🙂

  • And isp took over the world

  • If internet is a human right, how come I have to pay for it?

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