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
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