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Internet turns 25!

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Tuesday, August 23 happens to be the 25th anniversary of the Internet!On this very day back in 1991, the ‘World Wide Web’ was first made accessible to the public by its creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee.


You’d be surprised to know that the first site created by him was a basic text page with hyperlinked words that connected to other pages. A model which can be created by high-school kid these days, also, the biggest distraction in our lives was created with an aim of creating free academic information to everyone.

Sir Tim wrote down the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP), which showed how information was to transfer between computer systems and the HyperText Markup Language (HTML), which was later used to create the first web page. The URL of the first website was http://info.cern.ch, which had basic instructions about the working of the web.

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The first web page went live on August 6, 1991, which was only available to users at CERN but on August 23, it was made open to new users outside the organisation

Interestingly, in April 1993, CERN announced the decision to make the code, royalty free because according to Sir Tim the technology wouldn’t have become a global phenomenon otherwise!


Around 3.17 billion people use or have access to the internet at last count in 2015, which is 40% of the world’s 7.4 billion population. Almost half of those people are on Facebook and more than 3 million emails are sent every second!

Cyberia, world's first internet cafe in London, opened up in 1994.
Cyberia, world’s first internet cafe in London, opened up in 1994.