Sunday, August 7, 2011

The World Wide Web is 20

On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee created the first web page at CERN. It wasn't the first use of the internet - Usenet and other message boards were up before then - but it was the first web page. Berners-Lee used hypertext - the predecessor of HMTL - to create the page.

The Web didn't catch on right away. That first website was only accessible at CERN, because they were the only ones with web browsers. The first commercial browser, Mosaic, didn't come out till 1993.

(A note: the Internet is the global network of computers and routing systems. The World Wide Web is a service of interconnected hypertext documents (web pages) that are communicated via the Internet. The Internet existed before 1991, but services did not use modern hypertext documents.)

But, 20 years later, the internet has changed beyond anyone's imagination. Most information is easily available, shopping and phone calls are often done online, and revolutions have been created online. It's perhaps the most spectacular technological development in human history.

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