25 years ago today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee gifted us the World Wide Web

by | Aug 23, 2016

If you are reading this, then you’re definitely a beneficiary of the creation of the World Wide Web (WWW) by Sir Tim Berners-Lee and his associates.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the World Internaut Day, which is when the World Wide Web first became publicly available. Over 2 weeks before that, on the 6th of August, 1991, Sir Tim Berners-Lee published the first website, hosted on a computer in his research lab

Did you know that?

    • Today marks the 25th anniversary of public access to the world of endless information.
    • The word internaut comes from ‘internet’ and ‘astronaut’, and refers to a designer, operator or technically capable user of the internet.
    • Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989 while working at CERN.
    • In 1994, there were less than 3,000 websites online.
    • By 2014, there were more than 1 billion websites online.
    • The double slash ‘//’ in URLs was an idea Berners-Lee copied from the Apollo workstation’s ‘domain’ file system.
    • Robert Cailliau, informatics engineer and computer scientist, was the first surfer of the Web.
    • The first ever web page was just about the information on the World Wide Web project.
    • The first website was info.cern.ch, hosted by CERN.
    • WWW was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world.
    • Berners-Lee actually invented the WWW in 1989 but allowed its access to the general public in 1991.
    • At least 40 percent of the world has access to the internet.
    • There are 3.4 billion internauts as of 1 July 2016, half of these are on Facebook.
    • As a whole, humanity tweets 7,300 times per second
    • We transfer and access 37,000GB of data per second
    • We search for 56,000 items per second on Google
    • We consume 129,000 YouTube videos per second
    • We send 2.5million emails per second
    • Although many website addresses start with ‘www’, there is no requirement that they begin like this.

Take a look at Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s first proposal

Can you imagine a day without access to the internet? This is exactly how your day will look like when the internet goes out.

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Peace Oshiafi
Peace Oshiafi

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Giwa Oluwatobi Alexander
Giwa Oluwatobi Alexander
5 years ago

What’s the role of VINT CERF and BOB KHAN, who were acknowledged to have co-created the internet. Where does ARPANET come in? Kindly explain

My thoughts are: the evolvement/development of the Internet cannot really be attributed to one person.

Muyiwa Matuluko
Muyiwa Matuluko
Reply to  Giwa Oluwatobi Alexander
5 years ago

Hi Giwa. Very good points raised. However, it is paramount the make a clear distinction between the internet and the World Wide Web, as they are not the same thing. No doubt, the internet was groundbreaking and a fundamental invention on which many innovations have ridden, one of which is the World Wide Web

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