Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web

It's hard to believe that just 25 years ago, the World Wide Web didn't exist. Yes, the Internet had been around for a long time and online services like AOL, CompuServe and Prodigy were giving its customers a way to communicate inside their walled gardens. However, it took a member of the CERN research facility, Tim Berners-Lee, to come up with a method of communicating on the Internet that eventually turned into one of the biggest technology and business game changers of all time.

The first diagram showing what would eventually would become the basis for the World Wide Web.

On March 12th 1989, Berners-Lee published a paper called "Information Management: A Proposal" where he came up with the idea that eventually would be called the World Wide Web, accessed by programs called web browsers. At the time he wrote:

We should work toward a universal linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities. The aim would be to allow a place to be found for any information or reference which one felt was important, and a way of finding it afterwards. The result should be sufficiently attractive to use that it the information contained would grow past a critical threshold, so that the usefulness the scheme would in turn encourage its increased use.

It certainly did "encourage its increased use" and now we can't think of a world without the World Wide Web (certainly this very web site wouldn't exist without it). In a new interview today with CNet, Berners-Lee said while he has been impressed with many aspects of its use, such as the Wikipedia site, he is also concerned that countries and companies are still fighting for control of the web.

He also feels that the move toward mobile apps might also return the online community to a walled garden approach and has encouraged developers to create Web-based apps. However, the ultimate app would merge both platforms. He stated, "With my fitness tracker, I want it to run all the time, even offline like a native app. But every day of my workout history will have a URL and I can link my friends to it."

There's no denying that the introduction of the World Wide Web has changed the world and it's likely that it will continue to be a massive influence on the planet for some time to come.

Source: W3.org and CNet | Image via CERN

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I remember being exposed to the WWW via an Amiga using Demon's wonderful dial-up service, and jumping straight on Aminet, back in the day when doing something as simple as that (by todays standards) was almost an art form.
However, how they mocked, how they sneered, how they laughed at the geek in the corner of the room that plays with his computers and "dials in to the tinterweb", what a wierd man.
Yep, and look at who they come running to everytime nowadays because their internet (read facebook) isn't working.
Come to think of it, had Mr Berners-Lee seen facebook and the sheep brigade coming off the back of his invention, would he have shelved it all?

England invented the World Wide Web, you're welcome.

Over 20 years I've been using it and it gets better day-by-day.

He (inventor) was on T.V. complaining it's not doing what he wanted it to do originally.

Complaints about dark web and pr0n.

Those looking for the bad side of the web will find it, I myself don't look for that stuff.

Xenomorph said,
Thanks for not calling it "The Internet"!

oh I hate explaining to people how WWW is not the internet.... some people still don't get it when you try to tell them http is a protocol that rides through the internet

Still remember when I bought my first home computer in the early 90's. Connecting to Prodigy.net on a 14.4k modem. After a blazing fast internet session, I was off to play Castle Wolfenstein or Doom.

Yet so many media outlets are jumping on the bandwagon of calling Sir Tim the inventor of the Internet when he did no such thing.

vanx said,
Yet so many media outlets are jumping on the bandwagon of calling Sir Tim the inventor of the Internet when he did no such thing.

And then there's Al Gore.

The Internet is not the World Wide Web, which Sir Tim did invent*. But don't worry, a lot of people make the confusion. Tim said recently that it's even worse than that though: There are plenty of people out there that thing the *Facebook* is the Internet!

* He didn't invent hypertext - that honour goes to Ted Nelson.

Steven P. said,
In all fairness, our article says he made the proposal for it, not that he actually did it himself.
Sorry Steve, didn't mean to point my finger at the article. I was more going off on a tangent how other media outlets are misreporting the situation.

How odd to think that I'm older than the Internet, not by much mind. 10 years later and I was getting my first email account.

Nick H. said,
How odd to think that I'm older than the Internet, not by much mind. 10 years later and I was getting my first email account.

I'm older than the WWW by a mere two weeks.

Pff can't remember when I first got online (at home).. maybe 95 or 96? Happy Birthday WWW I love ya! (for obvious reasons)

I have made my living writing for web sites for the past 14 years so I am a product of the World Wide Web economy and culture .Happy Birthday WWW

I got my first internet connection in 1998. I got it for free with unlimited bandwidth. But it was a text connection working at 9.6 kbit/s lol. We had access to the university network from a telnet text connection remotely from home. We could log in our own Linux home folder on the network from home. Me and some friends found a program we could install in our home folder on the server to get access to the server web connection from the telnet text connection XD awesome time it could take something like 10 secondes to download a single pron picture. It appeared line by line downloading a 40MB photoshop install from an ftp server could take an entire day. Ah the good old days lol

I think i had access to internet for the first time when i was 20 or something at the library. Black text on a gray background ...

Steven P. said,
Pff can't remember when I first got online (at home).. maybe 95 or 96? Happy Birthday WWW I love ya! (for obvious reasons)

I was on in 93/94. Something like that. Bulletin Boards first, Prodigy, AOL for a short time, then an independent provider.

Before WWW, there were BBS. I go on BBS trying to find free bees and stuff. I was bluffed by one of the Admin saying he will tell my mom about this. Scare me badly. Begged him not to do that. He said I was trying to hack his server. That was the old days...