MinMania, Inc is celebrating 18 years of Internet service in 2014.
Founded in 1974, Mini Mania first presented itself on the Internet in 1996. Always a leader in information and customer service, the Internet was and continues to be a great means of giving more to our friends and customers.
Early Internet history was dominated by government institutions and the academic world. In 1994, (20 years after Mini Mania was founded) the Internet went public. The Mosaic web browser had been released the year before, and public interest turned to what was formerly the domain of academics and technology geeks. Web pages began springing up, and people everywhere began realizing the enormous possibilities of an interconnected network that spanned the globe.
These early websites were more like an interactive word document than anything else, but combined with popularity of email, Internet relay chat channels and BBS-centric message boards, they became a great way for people to stay connected to friends and family and business to reach a broader audience.
1974 Mini Mania is founded by Don Racine
1993 At the beginning of the year only 50 World Wide Web servers are known to exist
1994 The World Wide Web Consortium is founded by Tim Berners-Lee to help with the development of common protocols for the evolution of the World Wide Web. YAHOO is created in April, '94.
1995 Java is introduced
1996 Mini Mania introduces it's first website!
1997 Altavista introduces its free online translator Babel Fish
1998 Google is founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page on September 7, 1998
2001 Mini Mania becomes the first aftermarket supplier to list BMW MINI Cooper parts on the internet.
2002 Approximately 1 billion PCs been sold
2005 September 12: eBay acquires Skype
2006 Skype announces that it has over 100 million registered users.
Check out these timecapsule-like snapshots of the website, and its changes through the years..