Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

It was on Christmas Day 1990 that a British computer scientist by the name of Tim Berners-Lee first demonstrated his new creation: the World Wide Web, available over the internet.  He had it programmed to link information on any computer to information on any other one, and to allow that information to be shared.

An academic tool, he figured.  Maybe with business possibilities.

Who could have known?  Today, there are more than 200 million web sites.  One is mine (www.kaystrom.com ).

On behalf of writers everywhere, I say a hearty:  “Thanks, Tim!”

“The Internet is just the world passing around notes in a classroom.”

Jon Stewart

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4 responses to “Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

  1. Jeanette

    My family still laughs over Grandma’s response to the Internet. She was sure that the antichrist had arrived and we were all about to be Ratured. A few years later, at my first Mount Hermon Conference, I heard editors talking around the meal table about this new thing called e-mail–that soon everyone would be submitting manuscripts via e-mail attachments. I scoffed inside, no way! That is way too weird! Now I thank God that, instead of mailing assignments a week before their due date, I can click send the day of. Thank you, Tim!

  2. Amen to everything you said, Jeanette! Doesn’t it make us feel old?

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