Ten Fantastic Facts About The History of Internet Marketing

As internet marketing grows at a rapid pace, it has accumulated quite a history. From email marketing to social media, every great historical story is bound to have some really interesting and fun facts. So, we have put together a list of some of our favorite internet marketing facts for your viewing pleasure!

1. The first email to be sent with an “@” symbol was in 1971. It was sent by Ray Tomilinson and the “@” symbol meant that the message was sent to a person rather than a machine (source: mashable). [Tweet This]



2. The first mass blast email message was sent in 1978 for DEC System 2020 (“world’s cheapest mainframe computer”) to 600 recipients. It was said to have not been received well at all (source: mashable). [Tweet This]



3. Al Pacino’s face was on the original Facebook homepage, back when it was known as The Facebook. The site’s homepage featured a mans face, which was apparently a manipulation of an Al Pacino photo (source: mashable). [Tweet This]



4. The commercial “1984” launched the Apple Macintosh computer during the Super Bowl. It was directed by Ridley Scott and a great example of early event marketing (source: Advertising Today). [Tweet This]



5. The original name of Twitter was actually Twttr. A few months before Twitter launched, the founders decided to change the name and rebrand (source: bitrebels.com). [Tweet This]



6. Google’s first ever tweet was sent in 2009. It was binary code for “I’m Feeling Lucky”, which is the button next to the search button on Google (source:OMGFacts). [Tweet This]



7. Gmail.com was once owned by Garfield and was being offered as a free email service (source: Tech Republic). [Tweet This]



8. The first email was sent in 1971 by two computers sitting right next to each other. The content was thought to say “testing 123” or “QWERTYUIOP” (source: onlineschools.org). [Tweet This]



9. One of Facebook’s early integral features was a file sharing service called Wirehog. It was taken offline due to piracy concerns (source: mashable). [Tweet This]



10. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, and Katy Perry have more Twitter followers than the entire population of many countries, including Germany, Turkey, South Africa, Canada, Argentina, and Egypt (source: mediabistro.com). [Tweet This]


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  • http://blog.writethat.name/ Brad Patterson @ Kwaga

    Love the list!

    I was a fan of this one: “The first webcam was deployed at Cambridge University computer lab – its sole purpose to monitor a particular coffee maker and hence avoid wasted trips to an empty pot.” via MakeUseOf

  • Anonymous

    Love this!! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://twitter.com/MarketwithMark Mark Washington

    You learn something new everyday, thank you. Greatly appreciated for sharing.


    “The Power is in Your Hands!”

  • http://www.callboxinc.com/ Amber King

    Interesting facts. I have no idea about all of this until now. It is interesting to see how internet started.

  • Matt de Caussin

    Nicely done, Dayna. Marketing has certainly evolved since those very first emails. Love the embedded tweets!

  • http://better-experiences.com/ Mike Lee

    Great facts for geeks and non-geeks alike!

    #10 – Does that mean one third of these countries aren’t real? ;)

    Infographic: http://www.socialsellingu.com/fake-twitter-profiles-infographic/

  • Joel Berman

    I used the system in #1, I know about #2 very well, Seems strange to see my early marketing life in a historical article.

  • Anonymous

    That is a super cool!!

  • http://www.leadsandappointments.com/ Anika Davis

    Great information about the antiquity of the Internet. It is something that drives me back into the begging. Thanks:)

  • http://twitter.com/dbarnes8841 Dorothy E Barnes

    Very interesting stuff! Thanks for sharing!

Dayna Rothman is the Sr. Content Marketing Manager at Marketo and Author of Lead Generation for Dummies. She runs the Marketo content initiatives and is the managing editor of the Marketo blog. Dayna has extensive experience in content marketing, social media, marketing automation, and inbound marketing. She has an MBA from Golden Gate University and lives in Oakland, CA.

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