The Internet is now 25 years old! Do you remember life before email, websites, online searches, social media and YouTube videos? Do you know what the first message ever transmitted over the Internet was? Do you know what the first video chat was used for? How much do you know about this resource you use every day?
On March 1, 2014 the World Wide Web celebrated its 25th anniversary, rising from an experiment to being an essential resource most people access every day. In fact, if you’re reading this article (and I hope you are), you’re probably using the Internet.
While the Internet technically has been around for longer than 25 years, the invention of the World Wide Web by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 made websites possible, transforming the Internet into a much more user-friendly medium.
But how much do you know about this resource that you use constantly? Do you remember back to the days of old when Amazon was just an online bookstore and Google was merely a search engine?
Find out fascinating facts about the Internet and remember how life use to be, way back when:
Infographic courtesy of SEO Halt
What were you doing 25 years ago? Did you have any idea that the world would be changed so radically by computers connecting to each other? From social networks that keep us in touch to shopping websites where we can find even the most obscure products, the Internet has had a profound impact upon our daily lives. Yet 25 years ago very few people had even heard of the Internet.
1989 was a monumental year in history for other reasons besides the Internet:
- The Berlin Wall came down
- Pro-Democracy protesters took over Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China
- George H.W. Bush was inaugurated as the President of the United States.
- The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize
- Rainman and Working Girl won Golden Globe awards for best film
- Hulk Hogan beat Randy “Macho Man” Savage in Wrestlemania at the Trump Plaza
See the website History Orb to learn more about what else happened in 1989.
What the Next 25 Years Will Bring
By 2039 our connections to each other may change dramatically, going beyond the World Wide Web. What will be the next wave of connectivity? Some speculate that mobile apps may take the place of the World Wide Web.
Those who see the growth of tablets and smartphones pointing to the post-PC era often predict that mobile apps will be the primary way that people access information. See, Pando Daily, How the rise of mobile apps will help Apple, Google and Facebook kill the Internet as we know it.
Ereaders such as the Kindle also allow us to be connected electronically without using the World Wide Web. Instead of using your browser to read articles, you can use apps, RSS feeds, or a Kindle, none of which were around 25 years ago.
Did you learn any new facts about the Internet? When did you start using the Internet? What has been the biggest change in your life due to the Internet? What do you see in the future for the Internet 25 years from now? What were you doing in 1989 (if you were around then)? Let us know in the Comments section below.