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  • April 1997 -- A report from CommerceNet and Nielsen Media Research announces that the number of Internet users in the U.S. and Canada is more than 50 million.
  • April 1, 1997 -- One of the first blogs, Dave Winer's Scripting News, is started. Another early blog is Jorn Barger's Robot Wisdom, which is the first to call itself a Weblog. (See also: 2007 anniversary stories about the history of blogs.)
  • August 1997 -- Netscape launches its Navigator 4.0 Web browser.
  • August 4, 1997 -- The TiVo digital video recorder company is incorporated.
  • Sept. 1997 -- Microsoft releases its Explorer 4.0 Web browser.
  • The Netscape and Microsoft companies pledge to improve their push technology. Many Web users were introduced to push technology by the PointCast company's screen saver and personal information retrieval system.
  • A study from the National Center for Educational Statistics finds that 78% of U.S. public schools are connected to the Internet.
  • "The Godfather: The Manhattan Project, Silicon Valley, The World Wide Web. Wherever you look in the information age, Vannevar Bush was there first." Wired, Nov. 1997.
  • Dec. 1997 -- A survey from DataQuest reports that 43% of U.S. households own personal computers.


  • According to The Media in Cyberspace IVsurvey, journalists used the following search engines in 1997:
  • The America Online dial-up service has 10,000,000 subscribers.
    (Source: AOL)
  • There are approximately 1200 television stations with sites on the Internet or dial-up services.
    (Source: Editor & Publisher)
  • There are approximately 2600 newspapers with sites on the Internet or dial-up services.
    (Source: Editor & Publisher)