MiniMania.com Celebrates 20 years of Internet Sales in 2016!
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.
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 its 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.
2006 MiniMania.com celebrates 10 years of internet sales.
2016 MiniMania.com celebrates 20 years of internet sales.
Check out these time capsule-like snapshots of the website, and its changes through the years..
In this video is Don is talking about starting Mini Mania, the cars, racing, why he is so passionate about it and what they do today. If you love Minis or just love to hear a real car guy talk about his passion, you'll love this video.