06 August 2012

Happy 21st - to the World Wide Web

Today is the 21st Birthday of the first website.  On 6 August 1991 the first website info.cern.ch - went live.   It was created by Tim Berners-Lee, a physicist at CERN (the European organisation for nuclear research) to demonstrate the potential of the World Wide Web.  It contained information about hypertext, technical details for creating a webpage, and an explanation of how to search the Web for information. 

With those at CERN being the only people who actually had web browser software, the rest of the world remained mostly ignorant to what had just happened.  It wasn’t until 1993 that more websites started appearing.  Even then most of the general public still had no idea that the Internet even existed.   

Have a laugh at this segment from the US Today show from 1994 – there’s a bit of confusion about the internet and the @ symbol. 

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