Yes it is only 20 years since the launch of the World Wide Web! It seems amazing but so many things have happened in those few year! Sir Tim Berners-Lee developed the web at the Cern physics laboratory near Geneva and I don’t think anyone could have predicted the affect that it would have on all of our lives.
Just consider the language, the companies, the communications… Now we can talk and video conference with anyone in the world via Skype, send messages and stories in an instant via the web and create a world wide PR story using the social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin (and of course WordPress)
The World Wide Web (now shortened to just ‘the web’) has been responsible for many good (and bad) things in our lives but in 1994 it stimulated me to set up one of the first Interent cafes in the South of England the Cyberscone. We followed the model of Cyberia, the internet cafe off Tottenham Court Rd, and found premises in Bedford Place here in Southampton with a basement for the Cafe and computers and offices above. The cafe closed in 1996 and the company moved on to become an Inernet Service Provider (ISP) but I have some fond memeories of those days.
There have been a lot of mixed feelings about the web but if you would like to see some interesting pictures from those early days, including the diagrams of how hypertext linking would work, click here.
Many people don’t realise that the Internet and the web are not the same thing. The internet was developed by an american/british team to provide defence capabilities using a packet system in case the US networks were attacked called ARPANET. The web actually enabled content to run on the internet and provides all of the picture, pages, videos etc that we are so used to.
I wonder how much you know about the launguasge that we use on the web –
eg What does http stand for? What is a URL? What is a bit? What does IP stand for? Have a look at Wikipedia for some answers!
So Happy Birthday WWW and many thanks to Tim for his marvellous creation. Whats next?? (I will talk about that next time)
How has the web changed the way that you work?