The first YouTube video
The first video to ever grace the pages of YouTube.com was posted just over 10 years ago and is an unremarkable clip of its co-founder Jawed Karim checking out the elephants at the San Diego Zoo, which he could probably afford to buy outright at this point. To date, it’s racked up nearly 27.4 million views.
The first email message
You would never know that dull anxious pain that accompanies poring through your overflowing Outlook inbox if it weren’t for Ray Tomlinson, a programmer who sent the first email -- a test message to himself -- back before the Internet was the Internet.
The first search engine
A full four years before Google even launched, WebCrawler was the first search engine to provide full-text search. It changed hands several times over the course of the late ‘90s, but still exists today as a metasearch engine that blends top results from Google and Yahoo.
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