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    Posted on Aug 23, 2016

    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.

    Sitting here watching the terrible news and just felt compelled to sketch. #PrayForNice #CryForNice #illustration pic.twitter.com/l3MenFfCM5

    — Geraint Smith (@GeraintSmith) July 15, 2016

    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.

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    The now iconic music video for Rebecca Black's debut single "Friday" had us hooked when it went viral in 2011. We still listen to on Friday mornings to get us in the Friday spirit.

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    Who could forget the "Evolution of Dance" video that took the world by storm in 2006. It was the most viewed video on YouTube for a number of years before eventually being knocked off the top spot by a slurry of music videos.

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    YouTube has always been a creative sandpit for fandoms to express themselves. One fo the most popular fandom videos is "The Mysterious Ticking Noise" by the Potter Puppet Pals. Snape... Snape... Severus Snape. DUMBLEDORE!

    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.

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