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Internet Timeline 2004

Facebook / Firefox / Internet Speed

Hosts:285,139,107    WebHosts:56,923,737    Users:909,604,000

Facebook, like Myspace, is a social networking web site, but it was originally limited to college students. In mid-2008, Facebook opened the doors to anyone ages 13+ to join. Within a year, Facebook had twice as many members as Myspace, and with the addition of new features over the next few years, Facebook had five times as many active users as Myspace. As of July 2011, Facebook had more than 800 million users, making it by far the most popular social networking web site.

Mozilla Firefox 1.0 Internet browser was released in September 2004. With over 25 million downloads in the 99 days after the initial 1.0 release, Firefox became one of the most downloaded free and open source applications. On October 19, 2005, Firefox had its 100 millionth download, just 344 days after the release. It has already grabbed over 10% of the browser market share and is growing rapidly.

Internet Speed
Internet speed record was broken this year. Researchers successfully sent data using a 10 Gigabit Ethernet link between the University of Tokyo and the CERN research center in Geneva, Switzerland. The T110 delivered sustained 7.57 Gbps throughout running standard 1500-byte Ethernet packets over a single TCP connection across an 11,490 mile (18,500 km) link. That's enough speed to transfer a full-length DVD anywhere in the world in less than five seconds.