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Through decades of history, the online world has had many fascinating firsts. Let’s take a look at three of the more boggling ones.

1. The first e-commerce transaction involved marijuana. It was arranged between some university students and went through in the early 1970s. More than two decades later, the e-commerce website NetMarketer registered the first ever secure Web transaction when they sold a CD of Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales.

2. The first email spam was sent in 1978 by a marketer at DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) to promote a new computer and OS, coincidentally making it the Internet’s first advertisement What Was the First Internet Ad? It's Not What You Think What Was the First Internet Ad? It's Not What You Think Can you guess what the first internet advertisement was? Here's a hint: it wasn't a banner. Read More . Of course, back then the term spam hadn’t been coined. But the reaction to that email? Similar to what ours would be today: negative.

3. The first registered domain name was Symbolics.com and that happened in 1984, making it five years older than the World Wide Web itself (which was invented in 1989).

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Know of any interesting online firsts yourself? Do share them with us in the comments.

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  1. JH Carter
    November 25, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Hesitant* that is

  2. Kelsey Tidwell
    November 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Interesting facts! Do you have any data on when the first internet troll made its debut in a comments section? Thanks!

  3. Colonel Angus
    November 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    None of those made me say "what?". The only thing that happened is I got more aggravated with the click bait style article titles appearing on this site recently. Please stop.

    • JH Carter
      November 25, 2015 at 4:17 am

      Agreed, and although this one didn't bother me, most do, especially lately. It's a shame really, I used to love this site, but have been very hesitate to click anything other than something with a clear, obvious title.

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