Happy birthday to the World Wide Web!
On 12 March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee wrote his proposal for a new information management system connecting documents held across multiple computers at CERN, where he worked as a contractor.
“Vague but exciting,” was the response of his supervisor, scrawled on the cover of the document.
It turned out to be a laconic greeting for an invention which would transform the world’s economy – and its society too.
Whether or not those changes have been for better or worse isn’t really clear, but the scale of the changes have been remarkable.
Here are 25 of the best and worst things about how the web has changed our world:
- News Websites
- Social Media
- Online Dating
- Viral Content
- Video Streaming
- Selfie Culture
- Online Support Networks
- Online Advertising
- Access to politics
- Cyber Crime/War
- Video Calling