Dear Fellow Web Writer,
I have to admit … I rarely think of the origins of the World Wide Web. But this month is the time to stop and say “Happy Birthday” to the amazing technology that’s changed all of our lives. Just 25 years ago, the World Wide Web was born. It changed my life and the life of every single writer out there.
When computer scientist Tim Berns-Lee first introduced the concept of “information management” back in 1989, he had no idea of the power he had in his proposal. He simply understood that if computers —anywhere in the world — could access all the information stored in vast areas of CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva), information would be easier to find.
How right he was!
The timing was perfect, because others had laid the foundation. The military and universities were already using the Internet, along with tools like the computer mouse and hypertext.
In 1993, CERN donated the WWW technology to the world. They are currently in the process of restoring and preserving the history of the birth of the Web.
Below is an example of what a Web page looked like in 1989.
I bet you don’t recognize it as a web page! And no wonder … it has morphed into a completely different animal over the past 25 years.
The Web Belongs to You
The Web has become so user-friendly, it’s a shame to waste it. It’s no longer the domain of only academics, scientists, and corporate researchers.
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