It's hard to imagine that the intregal part of your life that is the web didn't exist 25 years ago! Google and facebook and the hundreds of webpages we visit every week were all but an idea just a quarter of a century ago.
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the proposal of the World Wide Web by British scientist Tim Berners-Lee. In what was meant to be a information system that linked academics across the globe, Berners-Lee proposed the idea while working at the Swiss physics Laboratory Cern. He said his boss gave him the feedback of "vague, but exciting."
The web was fostered by the idea of hyperlinking, allowing people to put information on the web and find it at a later time.
Berners-Lee went on to develop HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), one of the languages used to communicate with other web pages. While HTTP is not the only communication form over the web, it is an extremely large part of what people use everyday. Within 2 years, the first world wide web page went public. Twenty-five years later, there are more than 630 million webpages.
Not to be confused with the Internet, which is a system of networks that the World Wide Web depends on, the web has far exceeded its expectation. It now fosters a way of life, peoples jobs depend on the world wide web, money is made and lost here. Even with all of its success Berners-Lee hopes for the internet to expand even farther, allowing the web to run applications, finding ways to prevent government surveillance and to further break down culture barriers (cnet).
Information courtesy of cnet.com, independent.co.uk, metro.co.uk
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