Happy Belated 20th Birthday World Wide Web!

Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee

Update (Apr. 30, 2013): The first webpage went public in 1993.

WWW! I’m sorry I missed your birthday this past Saturday, August 6. Hard to believe that you were born 20 years ago, in 1991, on a tiny NExT computer at the CERN facility in the Swiss Alps. And your closest friend, 36 year old physicist Tim Berners-Lee, was there at the keyboard.

1991. Of course, Tim and his colleagues were the only people who had access to you then, but they fully intended to get as many people onboard spreading information.

Tim Berners-Lees computer at CERN

WWW’s first home 1991

1993. About 6 months before your second birthday, WWW, the Mosaic browser came along and you started to run. By the time you were 2 years old, in 1993, you were becoming pretty well known on the university circuit. By the end of the year there were about 700 websites.

1994. I think that’s when you and I first met, WWW, back around 1994 when I was a returning college student at Queens College. In less than 2 years I was adding web sites to you for Queens College’s Division of Social Sciences. I even had my own site and domain staked out. By the end of 1994 there were over 10,000 websites; and your friend, Mosaic, changed their name to Netscape Navigator. What ever became of Netscape? Is it true he runs with Mozilla Firefox today?

Yes, yes, WWW, we’ve had some good times together. Looking forward to many more.

–What’s that, WWW? Yes, I know, a LOT of people think you’re the Internet. Isn’t that funny?!  I mean, come on now, the Internet is 42 years old! You’re only 20, it’s obvious! You look fantastic.

–What?

Okay, WWW, you didn’t have to mention that I’m older than the Internet. Now, where’s that close button?

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