The ‘World Wide Web’ turns 30; this is how it all started

It was on this day 30 years ago when the world was introduced to the WORLD WIDE WEB or www which became the basis of the internet on which the world relies on.

British physicist Tim Berners-Lee on March 12, 1989, came up with a decentralised system of information management which signalled the birth of the World Wide Web.

His proposal had a system of hypertext links, the possibility of clicking keywords on one page and being led directly to the page dedicated to them, thus connecting to other pages.

About the Creator

Tim Berners-Lee is an English engineer and computer scientist who invented the World Wide Web. Currently, he is a professor of computer science at the University of Oxford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which oversees the continued development of the Web. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation.

Interestingly, not only he was interested in computers, his parents worked on the first commercially built computer, the Ferranti Mark 1. While he was at college, Berners-Lee made a computer out of an old television set, which he bought from a repair shop.

Meanwhile, after 30 years of the World Wide Web, Berners-Lee hailed the opportunities the web had created, giving marginalised groups a voice and making daily life easier.

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But he warned, “it has also created an opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit”.

Google Doodle

Search engine giant Google is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the birth of the World Wide Web with a doodle.

The Google Doodle illustrates this technology milestone with an animation showing block graphics that were common earlier. A globe in the centre renders slowly on a desktop monitor to take us back to a slower download speed era.

“Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL “addresses,” and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP”, Google wrote in a blog post.

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