08/04/2006

When did the Web start?

The BBC has quite an interesting article about How the internet transformed business — not in great detail, I find it interesting because it named so many of the "big" Web businesses that existed when I got on the 'Net in 1996, many of which are still with us in one form or another … Netscape, AOL, Cisco.

It suddenly struck me that I didn't actually know when the Web started. That is, I knew that the World Wide Web is an application running on the Internet (see Internet.com's Webopedia: The Difference Between the Internet and the World Wide Web). And I'd known someone who was participating in bulletin boards in 1983. But the exact date when the Web was written; this I didn't know.

From Tim Berners Lee's page at W3.org:

A graduate of Oxford University, England, Tim now holds the 3Com Founders chair at the Laboratory for Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He directs the World Wide Web Consortium, an open forum of companies and organizations with the mission to lead the Web to its full potential.

With a background of system design in real-time communications and text processing software development, in 1989 he invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing. While working at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory. He wrote the first web client (browser-editor) and server in 1990.

And there you have it. Old news for some, but now part of my data repository here at developedtraffic.com.

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