What is the Internet Anyway?

All of us here at Nectar were pretty unnerved to find that today marks the 30th birthday of The World Wide Web. How time flies, right? It has undoubtedly changed all of our lives and is likely the place we do most of our surfing… especially here in the Carolinas. I thought turning 30 (personally) in January was mind-blowing, but now I think it’s pretty cool to share that milestone with the most epic technological advancement since electricity.

But where did the time go? Here are some fun facts that I think we can all appreciate.

THEN:

The World Wide Web was brought to life on March 12, 1989, by Tim Berners-Lee, who was only 33 at the time. (Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in year 2004 for, basically, being a tech badass.)

Tim Berners-Lee

The world’s first website and web server:  info.cern.ch

The first webpage address:  http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html


Berners-Lee admitted that the initial pair of slashes ("//") in a web address were "unnecessary". He told the newspaper that he easily could have designed web addresses without the slashes. (That’s not annoying at all.)

www


The first image to be ever uploaded on the Web was of CERN house band known as Les Horribles Cernettes. That photo was uploaded in 1992. (This is pretty rad if you think about it.)

Les Horribles Cernettes

It took just FIVE years for the internet to conquer other communication mediums. TV took 13 years and Radio took 38 years. Losers.

In 1998, both Google launched AND Napster went live, becoming the first file sharing service.

Napster

The first emoticon ever? : -) -Kevin Mackenzie, 1979

The first banner ad? AT&T, 1994. (Thanks for those. 🙄)

Steve Wilke created the GIF in 1987. (No, seriously, thanks for those!)

First GIF

NOW:

There are more than 1.5 billion websites today… and the number continues to grow. Check this out: http://www.internetlivestats.com/total-number-of-websites/

There are more devices connected to the World Wide Web than there are humans in the world. (Slightly terrifying, but true.)

There is your history lesson for today, brought to you by Lauren here at Nectar. I’m not sure any of us would know what to do without it, but we all feel the physical repercussions of the hours, days, and years spent staring at a computer screen. Modern problems call for modern solutions. We’ve got you covered.

Here are products that we created to help with this modern day issue.

Writing with love from the computer in my hand,

Lauren Corbett Diamond

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