There Was Internet in 1972?? And What Was Sold?
That's the thing that stuck out to me when I read this story about the first thing ever sold online. It was a bag of weed back in 1972. I'm thinking how could you sell something on the internet that didn't exist at that time? We still had rotary dial phones at that point, much less a computer. Computers at that time took up an entire room!
Here is the deal- there were some students from Stanford that sold a very small amount of marijuana to some students at MIT over a very early version of the internet called Arpanet. Who knew? Well, evidently they did... and here I thought Al Gore invented the internet. Kidding....
And if you are going to try something like this out, why would you sell a bag of weed? I'm thinking 1972 that was definitely the climate. Vietnam war, weed, psychedelic music... you know. But still.... when you check Wikipedia and look up Arpanet- it's an acronym:
The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET) was an early packet switching network and the first network to implement the protocol suite TCP/IP. Both technologies became the technical foundation of the Internet.
Learn something every day whether you want to or not, right? Happy Monday.