Cat Memes, Virtual Farms And Blue And Black (or White And Gold) Dresses: The World Wide Web At 25.
It's Internaut Day!
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the public being able to access the World Wide Web developed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee (and a group of other brainiacs) in Switzerland.
You can check out the first webpage here, but it's nothing compared to the media rich pages we're used to browsing in 2016; nearly 70% of all traffic on the World Wide Web will be video in 2017 - a testament to the power of visual content.
The constant stream of information fed to us by our timelines and news feeds keeps us updated on any, and every issue instantly. While some users may complain that the value of information has declined with frivolous 'news' stories like 'Dressgate', the huge viral hit last year surrounding the colour of a dress, taking centre stage on many sites, its use has been paramount in piecing together the course of events following the recent terror attacks across the globe.
The World Wide Web has encouraged a generation to get involved and learn web development, web design and coding for both professional and recreational purposes. Ask any twenty something if they know how to code and most will remember using haphazard coding to decorate their MySpace pages (mine was bright green and featured more Britney Spears images than I want to admit.)
The World Wide Web has created some of our favourite forms of entertainment. Cat pictures and videos have been around since 2006 and have firmly stayed a staple of the web's media offering. Facebook continues to expand its users content, from virtual farms to the more recent live video streaming service it launched. YouTube's explosive growth provides us with more than 300 hours of video footage being uploaded every 60 seconds. Take a look at some classic YouTube videos from the last 10 years below.
Do you remember seeing any of these over the last 10 years? Let us know what your favourite World Wide Web memories are!
Boring but important technical bit:
It's important to remember not to confuse the World Wide Web with the Internet. The Internet was launched back in 1969 and refers to the network that carries information between two destinations. The World Wide Web refers to the space on this network where information, such as web pages and documents, are stored.