World Wide Web turns 25 this week

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

Today, the Web is used for everything from education to entertainment.

Everyone reading this, get ready to tip your hats in celebration, because the World Wide Web’s 25th birthday is coming up this Wednesday. It’s a relatively young technology, but the Web has managed to impact just about every aspect of our life and will probably continue to do so for a very long time.

Though the word ‘internet’ is often used in place of the Web, there are important differences between the two to keep in mind. The internet is simply a network of networks connected together – after all, the name comes from interconnected network. The World Wide Web, on the other hand, allows individuals a way to view the internet over many computer systems in a neat browser.

The idea for this user-friendly global connection first came from European computer scientist, Tim Berners-Lee, 25 years ago this coming Wednesday. He released a scientific paper on March 12, 1989 outlining how his World Wide Web could be used to access linked computers with the ease of a mouse click. Believe it or not, it was considered a silly idea at the time!

However, Berners-Lee showed his colleagues how useful the Web could be when he compiled a virtual phone book online, and soon the idea picked up momentum. According to a recent study, about 87% of American have access to the internet today. That’s a huge jump from the few 14% of Americans in 1995!

Google and Facebook are working hard to spread internet across the globe, so its quite possible to expect 100% of the world to be on the internet in the next 10 years or so. Happy Birthday World Wide Web!

Images courtesy of algogenius on Flickr.