Happy Birthday to the Web – World’s First Website Back Online

Original proposal for the Word Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee.

Original proposal for the Word Wide Web by Tim Berners-Lee.

The Web turned 20 this week, on Tuesday April 30.

It was on that day back in 1993 that Tim Berners-Lee, father of the Web, and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) made the very first website public.

Though that historic world’s first website went offline long ago, it was recently recreated and is once again live at its original URL. We encourage you to take a look back to the future: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html

No, it’s not much to look at. But it is one of the major milestones in the history of both technology and culture.

Also of historical importance on this anniversary of the Web is Berners-Lee’s original 1989 proposal to CERN to convince them to back his idea for the Web (which at the time he was calling “Mesh”). See the proposal for the Web.

It’s astounding to think: Just 20 years ago there was one lone website. Today there are an estimated 630 million websites, according to CERN.

Also astounding: EarthLink’s 20-year anniversary is just 11 months away in March 2014.

I knew EarthLink was founded in 1994, but it was just this week as the news reports came in about the 20th anniversary of the Web that it struck me just how close to the very beginnings of the Web EarthLink started.

And we’re still going strong.

From all of us here at EarthLink: Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web!

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