On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee posted a summary of a project for
organizing information on a computer network using a "web" of
hyperlinks: the "WorldWideWeb," or W3. At the same time, the W3 made its
debut as a publicly available service on the Internet.
Happy 20th birthday, World Wide Web!
There have been some definite downsides to the Web, such as online predation and a reduction in privacy, but the good has far outweighed the bad. Web companies have created millions of jobs across the globe, opened people up to different cultures and ideas, and created a level of transparency in politics that's never quite been achieved before.
Through social, economic, and political actions online, the world has become entirely different than it was two decades ago. News travels faster than ever; every single person with access to the Internet has a voice to vent frustration or foster a following; and social interactions have become more varied and far-reaching.
The Web has changed the way people think and revolutionized the world as we know it in a remarkably short period of time. From clunky modems to smartphones, Web-based technology has come a long way. The only question is how far will it continue to evolve in the next 20 years?