Happy Internaut Day
⭕ Can you imagine a day without access to the Internet?
Most of us today take the internet for granted — for kids especially it has always been there but of course for the older generations we can remember a world before the internet.
Dear Internauts, the Internet is a huge computer network made up of smaller computer networks and the fact that you are reading this post means that you’re on the Internet right now! Today marks the 25th anniversary of public access to the world of endless information. It’s been 25 years since the web went public on August 23rd, 1991. So, Happy Internaut Day!
Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW) in 1989 while working at CERN. It was originally conceived and developed to meet the demand for automatic information-sharing between scientists in universities and institutes around the world. Subsequently, the web was opened to all.
⭕ Why is it called Internaut day?
This is a portmanteau of the words ‘internet’ and the ‘astronaut’ to describe the very first voyagers on the public internet.
⭕ Have you ever saw one of the Internets first ever Websites?
First ever website… Well most people will answer no to that question and that is mostly because we probably didn’t even own a computer back in 1991. I can remember seeing the internet for the first time in 1996 and to me it looked like a boring computer word document. But of course back then it was more about sharing information and not so much about design, presentation and imagery. It’s amazing how things have changed! Yes, the black picture bellow with green text on it is what looked like the first web page!
Nobody actually knows who was the first person to coin the phrase ‘internet’ but it is thought to have emerged from the use of the phrase ‘inter-networking’. Some media seem to think “the internet” and “the World Wide Web” are the same thing. The ‘internet’ and ‘World Wide Web’ however, are two distinct things. The internet is a mass network of computers, while the World Wide Web is how you can access and share the information across them. The term ‘URL’ meanwhile stands for Uniform Resource Locator.
⭕ How many people now use it?
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.
Most people using the Internet have no idea who Tim Berners Lee is. By the way, he invented the World Wide Web. Without this man, we likely wouldn’t have jobs. Or maybe we’d just still be using typewriters. The World Wide Web launched 25 years ago today, were you born before or after it?
Happy Internaut Day! Share this vibe to your friends & family. Today, a world without the internet is inconceivable!