The very first website went live on December 20, 1990 becoming the very first of the website pioneers of the digital age.
Tim Berners-Lee, a British physicist, wanted to find a way for scientists and research institutes to easily access and share data. His site consisted of basic information about the World Wide Web project as well as helpful links and how to create web pages. Since then, other website pioneers have made significant strides in website development and design to create the internet we have today.
Yahoo was an early adopter. The search engine first launched in 1994 and quickly became one of the most popular sites on the Web.
Prior to the World Wide Web, people posted on small discussion communities called Usenets. Websites based on Usenet conversations first began in the early 1990s. The Internet Movie Database, currently one of the largest sources for Hollywood news and information, developed from a Usenet group of film buffs who compiled lists of movies and cast credits. IMDb officially launched in September of 1993 and is now owned by Amazon.
In the early ‘90s, CNN sold CD-ROMs that covered topical news stories. In 1995, they created their first website and found success the following year during the presidential election. The 1996 election was the first to be covered by Internet news sites, and traffic to CNN.com skyrocketed.