Happy 30th Birthday To The World Wide Web
Happy 30th Birthday to the World Wide Web! On Tuesday 12th March 2019, the World Wide Web turns 30. To celebrate, the team here at Absolute Digital Media are taking a closer look at how its existence has changed the world.
Following the development of computers in the 1950s, the internet was born. Invented and developed by Robert E. Kahn and Vint Cerf, the internet is now used across the world by more than 3.2 billion people. Countries with the most internet users include China, India and Japan.
It was Sir Tim Berners-Lee who invented the World Wide Web in 1989. While he initially wanted to create a software that would enable him to share information around the world, it soon became a global phenomenon. Berners-lee also created the very first web browser and editor and launched with first website http://info.cern.ch two years later on 6th August 1991.
Internet Explorer was first launched in August 1995 and was available as a part of one of two packages. Since then, several more versions of the web browser have been released including Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9 and Internet Explorer 10. However, Microsoft have since replaced Internet Explorer with Windows 10, a streamlined web browser. By 2003, it was one of the most widely used web browsers to exist taking over Netscape which was a popular web browser in the 1990s.
In addition, Wikipedia was launched. Wikipedia is described as a “multilingual, web-based, free encyclopedia based on a model of openly editable and viewable content” and is the largest general reference work available on the World Wide Web to date. The platform was launched on 15th January 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger, an experienced internet project developer.
Social media networking remained up and coming between 2005 to 2008 with the launch of Twitter, an ‘online news and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”.’ Today the social media platform boasts 336 million monthly active users across the world, making it one of the largest social media networks to exist. With more than 500 million Tweets being sent every day, Twitter is also one of the most popular real-time platforms.
Following the launch of the Chrome Web Browser in 2008, Google launched its latest project Google+ with the aim of challenging the popularity of other up and coming social media networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Despite the platforms initial success, Google is now shutting down its Google Plus service which will mark yet another end of an era on April 2nd 2019. Google’s other failed projects include Google Buzz, Google Site Search and Picasa.
What’s Next For 2019?
While we are unable to confirm exactly what will happen online in 2019, recent trends suggest that Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing and virtual reality (VR) will continue to change the way we use the internet.
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