Following on from the attacks in Mumbai, Mindy McAdams has put together a short timeline of key events that have affected the development of online news.
Among these are 9/11 attacks and the July 2005 bombings in London.
Her list got me thinking about two key events in 1997 that had a big impact on the evolution of the web as an accepted platform for news.
I was with the BBC at the time, working on the newly launched Election 1997 site. The election changed the course of British politics, with an end to 18 years of Conservative rule and the coming to power of New Labour.
The night of the vote, a small team of journalists were huddled in a room in West London, posting stories and and publishing the results online as they came in.
The site was due to be wound down after the election, but it had built up such momentum online that the BBC kept it going while it geared up for the launch of BBC News Online in November 1997.
In the intervening period came the death of Princess Diana and suddenly we had a major news event to reflect online. We created a new website to remember Diana and asked people to send in their tributes. We were inundated, with more than 7,500 messages – too many to process and publish.
It was the first time BBC News had done anything like this online. It showed the strength of the web as a platform for breaking news and helped to legitimise the Internet as a medium for news.