Saturday, August 6, 2011

Happy 20th birthday World Wide Web!

"(CBS/What's Trending) - Happy birthday Web! Twenty years ago on August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee presented a project for organizing information in what later became the World Wide Web. Now as the Internet turns twenty those of us at What's Trending are giving it a big thank you for revolutionizing the world as we know it.

"There have been some definite downsides to the Web such as a reduction in privacy and Internet predation, but the good has far outweighed the bad. Online agencies have created millions of jobs across the globe, opened people up to different cultures and ideas and created a transparency in terms of politics that has never quite been achieved in the past.

"Through social, economic and political actions online the world has become an entirely different sphere than what it was 20 years ago. News travels faster than ever, every single person with access to the Internet has a voice to vent frustration or foster a following and social interactions have become more varied and far reaching.

"The Web has changed the way people think and revolutionized the world as we know in a short twenty years. From clunky modems to Smart phones it has come a long way, the only question is how far will it continue to evolve in the next twenty years?"

OMG! Happy Birthday to the second best thing to happen to me in the last 20 years. I love you. May you live forever, wild and free.


hale-bopp said...

I tweeted this earlier today. When I got to grad school in the fall of 1991, there was a lot of buzz over that (I went to a school with a very active particle physics department and the web came from CERN).

The big thing before that were Gopher Servers, developed at the U of Minnesota, the Mother of All Gopher servers (get it, Gophers?) Gopher severs started dying out pretty quick with the WWW coming online.

kkdither said...

I think I had one of the first pong games. That was a big deal, back in the day.... playing video games at home. (I still have my Atari, just can't part with it, and think it works?) I also remember my modem screeching, as it connected. We've come a long way, and yes, it has changed our lives.

High school age children have always known the internet. They don't use phone books or card catalogs, and know they can hit the web and find out anything in a second.

SER said...

Watching the History Channel this morning, a Dallas newspaper their print version is shrinking. The guy stated the Baby Boomers use both, the internet version and the hardcopy. Only 13% of the population uses the hardcopy without the internet. Looking at the young people of today and all their electronic toys it is almost a given the hardcopy will go by the wayside just like the typewriter.

lizardmom said...

I remember life before the internet, how did we live back then???
Our family here would have never come to be without it, so happy birthday :)

OrbsCorbs said...

I didn't get online until the turn of the century, but I made up for lost time. It has changed my life completely. A buddy said that I'm an artist who was just waiting for my medium (the net) to come along.

lizardmom said...

it's official Orbs, you have arrived!!! :)

drewzepmeister said...

The internet certainly has changed a lot of lives, myself included. I made many friends, found love and lost it (only to find it again), found information at the tip of my fingertips, the list goes on. Then again, it has kept indoors when I should be out there smelling the roses.