Happy Birthday www celebrating #internautday 25 years: Inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners Lee


Happy Birthday www celebrating #internautday 25 years: Inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners Lee

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, pictured in 1994. In front of him shows a computer displaying an early version of the web. (Image: CERN)
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, pictured in 1994. In front of him shows a computer displaying an early version of the web. (Image: CERN)

On 6 August 1991, Tim Berners-Lee published a short summary of the World Wide Web project and publicly this service was made available on the Internet for new users only after 23rd August. Which is why, 23rd August is celebrated as “Internaut Day” and the birthday of World Wide Web (www).

Wow, it has just been 25 years since the start of “www”, can you believe it? I can’t.

I honestly can’t recollect a time when there was no internet and I was born a decade before the internet was!

What made it so popular other than the fact that it was without a doubt a remarkable invention.

Well, it simplified the lives of everyone, irrespective of their technical know-how and skills. It enabled “access to information” at one’s fingertips, literally! 

As the world grew, the invention of the world wide web enabled access to more information, with better resources, with faster speed as each and every aspect gave a boost and showcased the need for the next big thing.

Today, without a doubt the world has shrunk into a global village. It allows each and everyone of us to collaborate and connect across a single power packed platform. 

At the birth of www, Tim Lee suggested three main technologies which enabled computers to understand each other. These were, HTML, URL and HTTP. 

Few Core Terms that became more and more popular with the growth of www:

  • www: World Wide Web
  • Url: Uniform resource locator
  • http: Hypertext Transfer Protocol

The birthplace:CERN

Internaut day and the World Wide Web

The corridor where WWW was born. CERN, ground floor of building No.1

 The corridor where WWW was born. CERN, ground floor of building No.1 The NeXT Computer used by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN
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The NeXT Computer used by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN

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NeXTcube first webserver Tim Berners Lee Internaut day world wide web

Interesting links:

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee also known as TimBL, is an English computer scientist. He is known more popularly across the world as the “Inventor of the World Wide Web“.

Some interesting facts:

  • In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his pioneering work.
  • It was during the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony when he was officially honoured as the “Inventor of the World Wide Web”.
  • This day is celebrated across the globe as “Internaut day”.
  • The term internaut really means someone who is competent online and or well versed online coupled with years of online experience and a remarkable knowledge of using any and all internet resources to acquire information. 
  • Other terms that are also sometimes used in relation to or in connect with internaut are “cybernaut” and “netizen”.
  • What made this www a phenomenon is the fact that it’s birth enabled those who were not technical and or were not ‘computer experts’ to be still able to use the Internet in an easy and simple way. 
  • Often,the term Internet and world wide web are used in the same context or even as synonyms. But, internet refers to the networking infrastructure which enables billions of users across the globe to use computers and connect with each other whereas, “www” is simply put, a collection of content found online in any form (eg. pages, pictures, textual content, music, movies, etc).
  • The Web actually represents one part of the “Internet”.
  • The first website to ever go online was on August 6, 1991, http://info.cern.ch
  • On April 30, 1993, CERN announced Licensing the web  and that with this step, world wide web technology would be available to all for free. The public statement declared: “CERN relinquishes all intellectual property rights to this code, both source and binary and permission is given to anyone to use, duplicate, modify and distribute it.”.
  • The very first website project: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
  • Today, there are literally more devices connected to the Internet than the total number of human beings living on this planet.
  • In 1993, the launch of Mosaic web browser was a turning point for the Web.
  • You can check out the Total number of Websites here LIVE >>> http://www.internetlivestats.com/total-number-of-websites

 

 THANK YOU “Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee” for the amazing world wide web. 

Be Well

Ananth V

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