When was the last time you unfolded a paper map or flipped through a phone book? How thick is the dust on your hard copy of Merriam-Webster’s venerable dictionary?
If you can’t imagine life without the convenience of an online search, join us in celebration of World Wide Web Day this August 1.
Please understand that today is not about the internet. That massively powerful network of networks connects more than 23 billion devices around the world.
The World Wide Web (WWW) gives you access to that network. It lets you surf, research, listen, post and generally participate in just about anything that captures your attention or imagination.
It is beyond amazing, so we post a huge appreciation emoji for Tim Berners-Lee. The WWW started out as code on his NeXT computer back in 1990.
It happened at Geneva’s CERN laboratory where scientists study the fundamentals of physics. What was meant to streamline communication between researchers went public in 1993.
That small step for coders morphed into the concept of open-source software. The results were digital and technological advancements that threw open the door to almost everything.
Do you run an online business? How often do you enjoy family face time on-screen? Will you ever give up funny cat videos?
The web is a truly wonderful thing. It doesn’t care about our age. It doesn’t care about who we are, where we are or what we believe. How do we celebrate something so technical and yet so all-inclusive?
We can do it by honoring Berners-Lee’s world-changing code and original mission. Let’s create something unique and share it with others. It is a fitting way to salute the seamless connections that unite us all on World Wide Web Day.