New Millennium of Tech: The 2000s

It’s the new millennium. A new age has dawned and innovations in the tech field are kicking into high gear. The fear of the Y2K bug has come and gone. In this last installment of our innovations through the decades we will take a look at what the 2000s brought us.

2000 – Camera Phones

This innovation would lead to the dawn of the selfie and would change the way we take photos forever. The cellphone camera was introduced in 2000. This allowed people to take photos and videos instantly and dealt a blow to the emerging compact digital camera industry. Remember those cool Motorola Razor flip phones?

Top movie the year 2000 – Gladiator

2001 -iPod

The iRevolution took its first steps with the introduction of the iPod, the powerful pocket-sized mp3 player. It allowed you to carry all of your favorite songs around with you wherever you went. Although there were other mp3 players on the market the iPod would become an icon of the era with its stylish white earphones.

Top movie the year 2001 – The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings

2002 – Blu-Ray

In 2002 you could take the cinema experience home with you, with the introduction of the Blu-Ray Discs and players. It was the go-to formats for high-definition video, the technology capable of storing 1080p video and HD audio.

Top movie the year 2002 – The Bourne Identity

2003 – The Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project formed a foundation of understanding and was completed in April 2003. The foundation would help create further advances in future medicine and helped us have a better comprehension of where we come from and our ancestry.

Top movie the year 2003 – Finding Nemo

2004 – Facebook

Now part of our everyday lives, we cannot fathom a world without it. From cute cat videos to keeping others updated on our lives, Facebook would change the way the world interacts with each other forever. Mark Zuckerberg launched “thefacebook.com” to fellow Harvard classmates as a social network in February 2004. A decade later Facebook averaged at 1.23 Billion monthly users.

Top movie the year 2004 – The Notebook

2005 – Youtube

The home of internet stars and vloggers, Youtube, was born from the creators of Paypal in 2005. It’s now the most popular video sharing site and being a Youtuber is now an official job title. In the year 2006 Youtube was bought by Google for $1.65 Billion.

Top movie the year 2005 – Brokeback Mountain

2006 – Twitter

The 2000s was the decade of social media. Twitter launched in 2006 and the tweet was born. This platform used by average joe’s and celebrities alike has dramatically changed and redefined the way we communicate online.

Top movie the year 2006 – 300

2007 – iPhone

Apple’s first smartphone was introduced to the world by Steve Jobs in 2007. The iPhone was the first U.S. smartphone without a physical keypad and went on to become the best selling gadget ever. It’s still at the top of the smartphone thrown with more than 1.2 billion sold to date.

Top movie the year 2007 – Juno

2008 -Airbnb

The company that would change the hotel and travel industry, made its first appearance in 2008. Originally called AirBed & Breakfast we know it today as Airbnb. Now you can have access to places across the world at a click of a button. Rent a flat in Paris for your holiday or a house on the beach in Brazil from a single website.

Top movie the year 2008 – Slumdog Millionaire

2009 – Bitcoin

The pseudo currency we know as Bitcoin was launched. Although, the avid ‘miners’ that filled our newsfeeds with Bitcoin posts, that knew what was up in the way of future currency, was a thing most of us would rather like to forget. The value of the currency hit its peak in December 2017 with one Bitcoin worth over $19 000 USD.

Top movie the year 2009 – Avatar

 

That concludes our walk through the decades. Hope you enjoyed the ride and that it added a little bit more to your Did-you-know-lists. We are excited to see what the rest for the new millennium holds for future decades in tech. Check out our blog to keep updated on the latest tech-goodness.

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Anriette van Wyk
Anriette van Wyk

Tech Editor

Anriette is an alumni of The Open Window Institute where she studied Visual Communication. Currently she is the Boss Lady at Kief Kreativ with more than 10 years experience in the creative industry where she works as a professional photographer on big productions and concerts with both local and international artists. She has a wide portfolio, ranging from weddings, fashion, studio and editorial photography under her belt. Anriette is a photographer, designer, illustrator, model, car fanatic, dinosaur lover and Indiana Jones wannabe.

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