The world wide web went public 25 years ago today

It has changed the lives of millions of people around the world - and today marks 25 years since the first world wide web page was published publicly.

It was British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee who gave birth to the idea while working at a Swiss physics laboratory in 1989.

The first server was launched publicly, two years later, on August 6, 1991.

Berners-Lee originally developed the web to meet the demand for information-sharing between physicists in universities and institutes around the world.

Other information retrieval systems which used the internet - such as WAIS and Gopher - were available at the time, but the web's simplicity, along with the fact that the technology was made royalty-free in 1993, led to its rapid adoption and development.

By late 1993, there were more than 500 known web servers, and the world wide web accounted for 1% of internet traffic.

Two decades later, there were an estimated 630 million websites online.


 

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