Happy Birthday “World Wide Web”
The very first publicly accessible webpage was published on August 6, 1991, by Tim Berners-Lee. The original site was lost, but a replica was created in 1992 and is still available today. Celebrate the World Wide Web Birthday with facts and trivia about the early days and beyond.
We’ve gathered a few interesting tidbits in honor of the World Wide Web birthday:
- Nowadays, most people simply refer to the “web”, but originally Berners-Lee called the project “W3.”
- The words “internet” and “web” are not interchangeable. The internet is a network that connects computers from all over the world. The World Wide Web is a way of accessing information from the internet. It uses browsers and http protocol to transmit data.
- There are approximately 5.81 billion pages on the web right now.
- The 1st email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomilinson, the US programmer who invented the email system.
- Over 84% of all email is considered spam.
- An estimated 65% of Americans watch TV and use the Internet simultaneously.
- Before its acquisition by Google, the domain name “gmail.com” was used by a free e-mail service offered by Garfield.com, the online home of the famous comic strip.
- 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
- The 1st ever web cam was invented to catch the office culprits who didn’t refill the coffee pot.
- It’s estimated that 1 out of 5 married couples met online.