World Wide Web Celebrates 25th Anniversary

MUNICH, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 06: In this photo illustration Google's Chrome browser shortcut, Google Inc.'s new Web browser, is displayed next to Mozilla Firefox shortcut and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser shortcut, on an laptop. (Photo Illustration by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

By Richard Suchet, Sky Reporter

It’s the place where we can communicate without speaking, where we can meet people we might never have crossed paths with, where we can shop and bank and watch movies.

It’s an easily accessible repository of mankind’s knowledge. It’s almost hard to believe what the World Wide Web has become in just 25 years.

British computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee

It was made publicly available on the 6th August 1991 and was the vision of British physicist Tim Berners-Lee, who first came up with the idea in 1989 and successfully tested it in 1990.

Using a NeXT Computer, which can currently be seen at the Science Museum, he developed the world’s first website and first web browser, as well as the mechanisms that now power the web such as URLs, HTML and HTTP. 

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The flow of information was so fast and so easy that within a decade the world had been transformed.

One of the key factors in that astonishing growth was the decision by CERN – and Tim Berners-Lee – to make the World Wide Web free for everyone to use and dabble with.

“Initially, what was wonderful about the web was that anyone could take information that they thought everyone in the world would be interested in and put up a website and the information would be out there,” says Brad Karp, Professor of Computer Systems and Networks at University College London.

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“But the problem was, how would people find that information?

“So one of the first solutions was from one of the earliest internet companies – Yahoo – where a Stanford graduate Jerry Yang and his technical collaborator David Filo, started making a human-curated list of websites source sky news

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