Happy 25th birthday World Wide Web

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 4:21pm

hink back to your life before your smartphone. Or -- if you can -- to life before shopping, researching, and messaging via the internet. The World Wide Web has made life a lot easier, and a lot more interesting for us. And before the idea was born 25 years ago this Wednesday, the Internet was a very different and complicated place.

In March 1989, music was on the radio, all the news was fit to print, TV was by appointment viewing only, and movies were viewed in a theatre or on a VCR. Twenty-five years later, that's all changed.

On March 12th, 1989 computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a paper proposing the architecture that would become the world wide web. His intent was a simple file sharing service for scientists. Instead, it paved the way for the tech giants of today, to simplify the things we do everyday.

In 1995, a mere 14 percent of Americans told the Pew Research center they used the internet. Maybe it had something to do with those primitive, screeching and slow dial-up modems. According to Pew, that number jumped to 46 percent by 2000 and stands at 87 percent today. The coupling of WiFi and smartphones means the web is pretty much always at hand.

Some have their own ideas for marking the web's silver anniversary, but most will likely keep downloading, tweeting, posting and pinning, without too much thought about the 25 years behind it. 

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