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‘Vague, but exciting’: 30 years on

Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee: father of the internet

In March 1989, Tim Berners-Lee submitted a proposal for an information management system to his boss, Mike Sendall. On the top margin of the proposal his boss wrote the words – ‘Vague, but exciting’.

Today, the web celebrates 30 years on earth and is far from being vague but truly exciting. Very exciting! Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web (WWW) on March 12, 1989 at CERN, a research organization near Geneva.

Tim Berners-Lee also made the first web browser known as WorldWideWeb, but it was the Mosaic web browser which made the World Wide Web popular. Its features including the URL bar, back button, forward button and refresh button, still remain featured in modern day web browsers.

The first website can be accessed through the URL “info.cern.ch” which also happens to be the original address. Titled “World Wide Web”, the website has hyperlinks to different documents related to the web. Here, users can find out what is hypertext, a summary of the project, software products and help with the browser.

Three decades on, more than half of the global population is online. It has fundamentally changed commerce, communication, and countless other spheres of life. It’s a good place as well as a bad place. In fact, it can be termed a very bad place. But as Sir Tim Berners-Lee puts it in an interview with TIME, he says “the way the web works is you don’t follow those links. If those links lead you to garbage, don’t go there again.”

Good advise indeed!

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