Throwback Thursday: World Wide Web 1993

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And, the world was never the same. ~Vic

On April 30, 1993, four years after publishing a proposal for “an idea of linked information systems,” computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee released the source code for the world’s first web browser and editor. Originally called Mesh, the browser that he dubbed WorldWideWeb became the first royalty-free, easy-to-use means of browsing the emerging information network that developed into the internet as we know it today.

Berners-Lee was a fellow at CERN, the research organization headquartered in Switzerland. Other research institutions like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University had developed complex systems for internally sharing information and Berners-Lee sought a means of connecting CERN’s system to others. He outlined a plan for such a network in 1989 and developed it over the following years. [He] wrote and published the first web page, a simplistic outline of the WorldWideWeb project, in 1991. Simple Web browsers like Mosaic appeared a short time later and, before long, the Web had become by far the most popular system of its kind.

The creation and globalization of the web is widely considered one of the most transformational events in human history.

Additional Reading & Sources:
The Birth of the Web (CERN)
World Wide Web Launches (The History Channel)
World Wide Web (Wikipedia)

Computer History Museum

6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: World Wide Web 1993

    bereavedandbeingasingleparent said:
    May 1, 2020 at 4:28 AM

    That was a daft idea, never going to catch on……

    badfinger20 said:
    May 2, 2020 at 4:13 PM

    Little did they know what they were unleashing…they had an idea but probably not fully comprehending it.

    Todd Garlington said:
    May 21, 2020 at 9:43 PM

    Must admit to being nostalgic for a pre-internet reality from time to time. To think I accessed the web on day one from an IBM Thinkpad boasting an expanded 85MB hard drive!

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      May 21, 2020 at 11:47 PM

      I remember my brand new IBM OS/2 computer brought into my office at my new job in 1992. It came with the TN3270 terminal emulation, WordPerfect 5.1, Lotus Notes and dBase. There was a mouse with the hardware…and I never used it. I was a keyboarder. Still am to some degree…

      Don’t remember the hard drive size but, that computer was SO stable. It lasted for six years and, the only reason it was replaced was because the motor to the fan burned up.

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