25th Anniversary of World’s First Website
Christmas Day sees the 25th Anniversary of world’s first website.
I must say that I am astonished by that. Is it really the case that 25 years ago today there had never been a website? They didn’t exist then?
We’ve come a long way since then.
Christmas Day will be the 25th anniversary of the first website ever to go live.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
On that Christmas Day in 1990, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau communicated between a web browser and a webserver for the firt time ever – and the internet was born.
Previosuly, Sir Tim wrote a proposal, in 1989, for a large hypertext database wit typed links.
Few people took any notice of it at all.
Next, Sir Tim started to implement his system on a NeXT workstation.
He was going t call it the Information Mesh. Then he changed that to the Information Mine.
World Wide Web
Finally he came up with the World Wide Web.
By Christmas 1990 Sir Tim had all the tools he needed for a working internet.
And off he went!
Said Dan Ulzhoefer, the CEO of UK Centric:-
“The twenty-fifth anniversary of this achievement can’t be understated. This was the first proof that the world wide web, as we now know it, could actually work.
“While it took a number of years after this event for the World Wide Web to become fully functional and accessible to wider society, there can be no doubt that the internet has now become part and parcel of everyday life today both on a personal and professional level”.
From No One to Half the World in 25 Years
There’s now both a huge number of people using the internet and a massive number of websites on it.
Almost half the world’s population are using the internet now. To think that just 25 years ago no one was using it at all is incredible.
Said Dan “The number of people using it has skyrocketed in the last fifteen years alone, up from 738 million in 2000 to over 3.2 billion people around the globe.
“Much like technology enabled creation of the world’s first live web page, it has also drastically changed the way we use it already within a twenty-five year span, thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, which we now take for granted.”
A World Without the Internet
Kids, and teenagers, now would be astonished to imagine a world without the internet, ipads etc.
I remember my son, a seven years ago when he was about eleven, asking my father, who would have been about 80, what sort of DVDs he watched when he was a boy.
“We didn’t even have running water or electricity” he replied.
Now, my father, at 87, is using the internet himself.
The world is changing very rapidly.
God knows what it will be like when my son has grandchildren.