The Evolution of Online Shopping: Then and Now

It seems like we have always been able to shop online or maybe it’s that I can’t imagine not shopping online!  Well it wasn’t always that way, let’s take a look at an overview of how this online world started:

 1971: Email

Email began in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson.  Also the “@” symbol began.

1978: The Bulletin Board System (BBS)

Since we are headquartered in Chicago, I didn’t find it surprising that the first bulletin board system (BBS) was developed here in Chicago during a blizzard.

1978: Spam is born

No you don’t want spam but you do not want your Lakeside emails going to spam!  Double check and make sure you are getting all our deals and promo emails, if not sign up at

 1982: The first emoticon


Began by Scott Fahlman in 1982.

1989: AOL is launched

1993: Governments join in on the fun

The White House and the United Nations go online, using the .gov and .org domain names.

1995: Commercialization of the internet

1995 is believed to be the first year the web became commercialized- happy shopping!  Amazon started in 1995.

1995: Geocities, the Vatican goes online, and JavaScript

Yes a new pope was chosen this year which was all over the internet but the  Vatican also went online for the first time in 1995.

1996: First web-based (webmail) service

1998: Google!


Google went live in 1998, changing the way people search and shop online.  Go ahead and google Lakeside Collections!

2001: Wikipedia is launched


2003: MySpace

MySpace began in 2003 and grew to be a huge social network that is until Facebook came!

2004: Facebook


2005: YouTube

YouTube launched in 2005, you can look up all the Lakeside Collection videos there too.  I love the Lakeside Collection Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes one!

2006: Twitter

Twitter launched in 2006.

2007: The iPhone and the Mobile Web


The iPhone, what a creation!  I don’t know how I would get by without mine or shop online at without it!

The Future?

The Lakeside Collection will continue to bring the latest trends and technology to our website so we can offer our wonderful customers the best shopping experience possible!

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  1. November 30, 2015

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