Think "Internet" and "history" and you're more likely to think about the list in your browser that tracks the sites you've visited than a Russian satellite. But a new infographic released by home automation company Vivint (see below) helps you think a bit bigger about the topic -- laying out nearly 60 years of the history of the Internet, beginning with the launch of Sputnik in 1957.
You might not have thought that the first satellite to orbit Earth had much to do with the Internet, but it pretty much directly led to the creation of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) in America -- mostly because we were spooked by what Russia had been able to do.
ARPA eventually created a data-sharing system between universities called ARPANET and that pretty much led to the selfie-sharing, cat-video-filled Internet we have today.
Well, there actually are a lot of other steps along the way, and the infographic does a good job of laying them all out in a way that's quick and easy to breeze through -- and filled with lots of fun facts. For example, did you know that the emoticon was born in 1982, or that symbolics.com was the first registered domain name? (The site still exists, by the way, and offers some interesting Internet facts of its own.)
See what other landmarks there were on the path that led us to having the most information at our fingertips -- and in our pockets -- than any other time in history by checking out the infographic below, or on Vivint's website here.
Any major steps they missed? Let me know in the comments below.