The World Wide Web is now 25 years old (in March 2014)
The World Wide Web has become an indispensable communications medium, capable of conveying content that ranges from the silly to the sublime. It has become an interface for democratic participation, for commerce, for science, for health, for advertising, and for entertainment.
What’s more it’s British, well it’s inventor anyway. The inventor of the World Wide Web may not be as widely known as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, but deserves much credibility for his invention. 1989 saw Tim Berners-Lee propose an idea to link information systems together in a bid to enable employees of CERN to share information. Writing the very first browser ever (called WorldWideWeb – before it was renamed “Nexus,” in late December 1990.) saw his company CERN shortly roll out a basic version of the internet we know today; available free of charge for anyone to use.
The web grew from here, then thousands of developers took the responsibility on from Berners-Lee, who is still the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium first established in 1994, as a body for web standards to be put into force and today it’s the incredible resource we all know, love and can’t live without!