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Jupiter MMXI has spent the last two years researching and charting the habits of home Net users in the UK.

Celebrating its second anniversary as the record keeper of UK Net behaviour it's published a potted history of the last two years online.

So, if you've go nothing better to do for the next couple of minutes, settle back and take a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

October 1999: The first monthly research shows 7.8 million at home users in the UK. The Top 10 domains include Freeserve.com, UKplus.co.uk. geocities.com, demon.co.uk and MSN.co.uk.

January 2000: Lastminute.com tops the travel category and has remained at the top of the Jupiter MMXI travel category ever since.

March 2000: The UK population sees an increase of 18 per cent in the six months since October 1999. More than 2.5 million people - or a quarter of the UK online population - went to a business or finance site.

May 2000: The number of Britons accessing the Internet from home reaches 10 million.

July & Aug 2000: Channel 4's Big Brother becomes the fastest moving site since reporting began, reaching a top position as the eighth most popular site overall in August 2000 at the peak of its popularity.

Nov 2000: For the first time, women make up half of the online population. The same trend had occurred in the US only three months earlier.

Jan 2001: More than half of UK home Net users visited a retail site.

March 2001: As Foot and Mouth disease takes hold, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Web site appeared on the monthly report for the first time with nearly half a million people logging on to the site. The trend for Britons to turn to the Internet as a source of reliable information in a crisis is also seen during the winter storms, rail network delays, and most recently, the terrorist attacks in America.

April 2001: One in five Net users account for more than 70 per cent of all the time spent online in the UK each month.

September 2001: Since October 1999, the average amount of time each person spends online per month has increased from 257 minutes to 446 minutes. ®

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