Monday, 2 January 2012

2011: what happened (internet related main facts)


2011 has ended and we all truly hope that 2012 will be a better year.
Just for fun, I've gathered some notable facts happened in 2011 that are related to Internet, in some way or another.
Here is the list and I hope you'll enjoy reading it, while we are still relaxing during Christmas holidays.

The facts are presented in no particular order (and surely not by relevance), and they are included just because in some way they caught my attention.

Tsunami in Japan
On March 11 a tsunami hit Japan. Apart from the tragic event and the high number of victims, what really amazed me was the fact that I could follow the movement of the tsunami wave almost in real time.

Messages from social networks were constantly sent across the World Wide Web, and I could follow things when they were happening. Amazing.

iPad2 has been released in March. On the first weekend, 500.000 tablets were sold. Together with the incredible sales numbers of iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, the event definitely marked the beginning of a mass use of handheld devices for Internet browsing.

Now we need to seriously take into account those devices when we develop web sites and applications.

Osama Bin Laden
On May 1, Osama Bin Laden has been killed. I don't want to discuss the fact on a political point of view. What amazed me was those messages sent on the Internet by people that were near the place. It was like a live coverage of the fact (as for the Tsunami in Japan).

In June, Google introduced Google+. That marked the beginning of a big clash of titans: FaceBook, Twitter and Google. While FaceBook keeps on growing, new Social Networks start their activity every day. Google will be a tough competitor.

Steve Jobs is dead
On October 5, Steve Jobs passed away. It's a sad thing. No doubt, the man was quite particular. Some hated him, some adored him. Apart from that, surely Steve Jobs, in his life, has given a lot to the Internet as we know it.

Internet Explorer
In October, Internet Explorer's share of global browser usage dropped below 50% for the first time in more than a decade. The battle between browsers is getting bigger and stronger every day. What the future will be, we only can guess...

I hope you liked the post. Please share which 2011 events you consider important or should be in any case remembered.

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