Some Key Milestone:
September 2, 1969: First time two computers communicated with each other.
Oct 29, 1969: Message sent from computer to computer in different locations.
1971: The first email was sent.
Jan 1, 1983: ARPANET adopted the standard TCP/IP protocol.
March 1989: Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web.
April 22, 1993: Mosaic became the first web browser.
Till 1995, few entrepreneurs recognized the power of world wide web. But majority of world was still unaware of this giant monster called Internet.Those who recognized its power and future potential becomes some of the world richest business person in next 25 years. Alibaba.com and Amazon.com are few enormously successful websites increasing their business ever since. As time passed by many new entrepreneurs started new companies to facilitate internet users like search engines. Larry Page & Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998. Today it is the largest internet company by revenue.
It is not just the internet but the vision, commitment and persistent hard work that make these companies what they are today. Nevertheless, Internet provided them powerful tool and platform to connect with the world. Jack Ma founder of Ali baba group, during various interviews keep telling people that when he started his business, no one knew about internet and speed of net was too slow. Most of the things were against him but still he continued with his vision. Today he is one of the richest man in China.
As Internet become famous, more and more companies join the bandwagon. After 25 years, presently internet connects more than a billion peoples around the globe. Almost half of the world population uses Internet. Internet becomes a symbol of development. More internet user means more developed region. Websites are increasing at exponential rate. Even though doing business on internet is becoming difficult because of international competition websites are increasing because of ease of starting and user-friendly website setup that too at low maintenance cost. WordPress and Wix are two examples of websites, which allows you easy setup of your website even without knowing web design and development.
For small companies too, Internet has huge potential. With right kind of product and skill, they can cater needs of international market. One can display their products to whole world! You can also advertise on social networking sites in free or by paying money for advertisement based on CPC (Cost per click) or CPM (Cost per thousand impressions). If you are passionate about making Videos and sharing your experience and ideas, you can start your own channel on YouTube. If you find many viewers for your videos (more than 1000 views), you can monetize your channel and earn some money. Do not start any You Tube channel or any website with the sole intent of making money without being passionate about your work.
Internet is a great tool for education and learning too. All kind of educational stuff, books, online classes, videos and latest news are radially available on internet. As time will pass, importance of internet will increase further.