I remember the first time I went on line---it was 1996 and I was so impressed with all the amazing things I could find and now about 17 years later---all the things that I can do and accomplish are things I never would have dreamed of as a kid----even sharing my thoughts and ideas daily via this blog on line.

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The internet has been up and running in most of our lives for two decades now, and it’s pretty darn sophisticated … especially when compared to how it started.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and look back on a few internet firsts:

1993 – The first AOL IM was sent from a husband to his wife that read, "Don't be scared ... it is me. Love you and miss you." (This man later became the VP of AOL)

1994 – The first thing ever sold on eBay was a broken laser pointer that went for $14.83.

2003 – The first Skype conversation took place in Estonia where a member of the development team said “Hello, can you hear me?

2006 – The first tweet ever “tweeted” was by the co-founder of twitter and the message read, “just setting up my twttr.” (Yahoo)