The World Wide Web Turns 25

Tim Berners-Lee

Can you believe that we just celebrated the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web?

August 6th, 1991, marked the day when the first website was launched. It was Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the site as a way of sharing information between computers and users.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is The Father of The World Wide Web

In his early life, Berners-Lee was fascinated with toy trains and developed electronic gadgets to control them. When he got to college, he turned an old television into a computer. Obviously, he had a natural born understanding of the way things work.

As a software engineer at CERN, the large particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, he started to see major problems with sharing information between the scientists. The Internet was already making it possible for computers to be connected. He discovered that information could be shared through a technology called hypertext.

In March of 1989, he shared his proposal and by August 6 of 1991, he had the first website launched.

The Way We Live Has Forever Changed

Of course it took quite some time for the culture to understand the implications of this incredible technology. Over the years, developers have taken the Internet and World Wide Web and simplified it enough for anyone to use it.

If Berners-Lee hadn’t given up proprietary rights to the project, there is no way that we would be able to access information so readily. The way we conduct business, relationships, and daily tasks have forever changed on account of our ability to use the Internet and websites.

Early on, people mainly used websites for scientific research. Now they use it for so much more such as:

  • Shopping
  • Connecting with family and friends
  • International calls
  • Streaming music
  • Watching television
  • Working remotely
  • And much more…

The number of things we do online will only increase over the years as the technology becomes more developed.

More Websites Are Published Every Day

The current number of websites is well over 1,065,000,000. With the ease of technology, anyone and everyone can have a website. Now, more than ever, people will publish any number of things online, from their business to their art and articles, from family photos to music and random thoughts that are 140 characters long.

We don’t know what the next 25 years of the World Wide Web will look like, but if it’s anything similar to the first 25 years, it will certainly change how we live and think.

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