Latest in Gear

Image credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The first website went public 25 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee announced the World Wide Web project on August 6th, 1991.
9520 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

The internet just marked another major milestone. The first website, Tim Berners-Lee's description of the World Wide Web project, went public 25 years ago on August 6th, 1991. The launch was unceremonious -- Berners-Lee announced the project on a Usenet group, and it wasn't until after August 23rd that new users visited the site. However, the launch effectively marked the start of the web as a widely available tool.

There wasn't exactly a rush to embrace the technology, mind you. The big leaps toward the mainstream came in 1993, when NCSA released the first widely popular web browser (Mosaic) and CERN helped adoption by making the web's software both free and open source. Berners-Lee's original approach to the web treated it more as a platform for academic collaboration than a revolution. Still, there's no denying that the events of 1991 got the ball rolling on a fundamental shift in communication.

Source: Google Groups
Coverage: CERN
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
9520 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Mazda will show off its first EV at the Tokyo Motor Show

Mazda will show off its first EV at the Tokyo Motor Show

View
US Senators ask the FCC to review licenses with China-owned telecoms

US Senators ask the FCC to review licenses with China-owned telecoms

View
Verizon could carry OnePlus phones beginning in 2020

Verizon could carry OnePlus phones beginning in 2020

View
Pokémon’s New York-inspired monsters join 'Pokémon Go' today

Pokémon’s New York-inspired monsters join 'Pokémon Go' today

View
FCC approves Nexstar’s $6.4 billion acquisition of Tribune Media

FCC approves Nexstar’s $6.4 billion acquisition of Tribune Media

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr