Timeline of communication technology

Timeline of communication technology

Graphical overview

Pre 20st Century Media Impact

  • 30,000 BC – In ice-age Europe, people mark ivory, bone, and stone with patterns to keep track of time, using a lunar calendar.[1]
  • 14,000 BC – In what is now Mezhirich, Ukraine, the first known artifact with a map on it is made using bone.[1]
  • Prior to 3500BC – Communication was carried out through paintings of indigenous tribes.
  • 3500s BC – The Sumerians develop cuneiform writing and the Egyptians develop hieroglyphic writing.
  • 16th century BC – The Phoenicians develop an alphabet.
  • AD 26–37 – Roman Emperor Tiberius rules the empire from the island of Capri by signaling messages with metal mirrors to reflect the sun.
  • 105 – Tsai Lun invents paper.
  • 7th century – Hindu-Malayan empires write legal documents on copper plate scrolls, and write other documents on more perishable media.
  • 751 – Paper is introduced to the Muslim world after the Battle of Talas.
  • 1250 – The quill is used for writing.[1]
  • 1305 – The Chinese develop wooden block movable type printing.
  • 1450 – Johannes Gutenberg finishes a printing press with metal movable type.
  • 1520 – Ships on Ferdinand Magellan's voyage signal to each other by firing cannon and raising flags.
  • 1792 – Claude Chappe establishes the first long-distance semaphore telegraph line.
  • 1831 – Joseph Henry proposes and builds an electric telegraph.
  • 1836 – Samuel Morse develops the Morse code.
  • 1843 – Samuel Morse builds the first long distance electric telegraph line.
  • 1844 – Charles Fenerty produces paper from a wood pulp, eliminating rag paper which was in limited supply.
  • 1849 – Associated Press organizes Nova Scotia pony express to carry latest European news for New York newspapers.
  • 1876 – Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson exhibit an electric telephone in Boston.
  • 1877 – Thomas Edison patents the phonograph.
  • 1889 – Almon Strowger patents the direct dial telephone.

20th century

21st century

  • 2003 – Myspace is launched.
  • 2003 – Skype video calling software is launched.
  • 2004 – What would become the largest social networking site in the world, Facebook is launched.
  • 2005 – YouTube, the video sharing site, is launched.
  • 2006 – Twitter is launched.
  • 2007 – iPhone is launched.
  • 2009 - Whatsapp is launched.
  • 2010 – Instagram is launched. iPad is created.
  • 2011 – Snapchat is launched.

See also

References

  1. 1 2 3 "Invention and Technology". Volume Library 1. The Southwestern Company. 2009. pp. 9–15.
  2. Tom Van Vleck (2001), "History of Electronic Mail", Multicians.org
  3. Anton A. Huurdeman (2003). "Chronology". Worldwide History of Telecommunications. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-471-20505-0.
  4. 1 2 Cornell University Library (2003). "Digital Preservation and Technology Timeline". Digital Preservation Management. USA. Retrieved August 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 Christopher Null (April 2007), "50 Best Tech Products of All Time", PC World, USA
  6. Paul Ford (April 2014), The Great Works of Software via Medium
  7. 1 2 Matthew Kirschenbaum (July 2013), "10 Most Influential Software Programs Ever", Slate, USA
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