A Wander Through the History of the World Wide Web
Most of us use it everyday, some even all day everyday. Many of us rely on it to make our living and the majority of our social lives would wither and fail without it, but how much do we really know about the world wide web? Most milennials won’t even be able to comprehend a time before Facebook, an age before Instagram or how we existed without email.
If you’re curious about the origins of this omnipresent digital force, here are some of the most notable nuggets in the history of the internet.
1989: British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee circulated his “informational management proposal” at CERN, laying the foundation for the World Wide Web.
Luckily for us, Berners-Lee decided to make the code public and share his invention with the world, releasing his ground breaking discovery on Christmas Day 1990.
1993: Mosaic, the first easy to use web browser was launched, popularising the web and making it accessible to the masses.
1994: One of the first online purchases was made when some hungry technophile ordered a cheese, mushroom and pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut over the web.
1995: Newsweek writer Clifford Stoll wrote an infamous article in which he stated that the internet would be a failure. Unluckily for him, the efficiency of search engines means that his comments will live on forever.
The same year also saw the launch of Amazon, Match.com, Craigslist and AuctionWeb, the precursor to Ebay, as well as the first version of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.
1996: Hotmail launched one of the world’s first webmail services.
1998: Google begins its operations, quickly growing into the internet giant we know today.
2001: After we got over the worry of the Y2K virus at the turn of the millennium, the world got into the swing with the internet and online innovation began to really heat up.
2001 saw the launch of the hugely popular Napster music sharing site as well as the launch of Wikipedia.
2003: In 2003, iTunes, Skype, MySpace and WordPress all hit the web, giving procrastinating students even more to keep them busy online.
2004: Though social media networks had already been around for a while, 2004 saw the creation of a site that would change the way the world interacted forever: Facebook.
Founded by college student Mark Zuckerberg, the site had almost 1.5 billion monthly users in March 2015.
2005: Half way through the first decade of the 21st century, the number of internet users world wide topped one billion. The year also saw the launch of video sharing site YouTube.
2006: The word ‘Google’ was declared a verb and added to the Oxford English Dictionary on June 15.
2013: By the beginning of the 2010s, the internet had grown to titanic proportions, with around 2.7 billion people connected to the internet world wide. To put that into perspective, that’s around 40% of the people on earth.
With more of our daily activities moving to the world wide web every year and an increasing number of electronic devices internet enabled, the growth of the web doesn’t show any signs of stopping. To make sure your company isn’t left behind in the march to digital progress, get in touch with the Designaweb team today.