It’s 1989. Shoulder pads are in, The Simpsons just made their TV debut and Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. Twenty-five years on, the majority of the population saw the error of their padded-shoulder ways, Bart Simpson is still ten years old and the web is now a defining force in economic growth and job opportunities.
On the 12th March 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed the idea of the World Wide Web as a tool which would simplify information management. He initially put forward this concept in order to simplify the sharing of information between himself, a software engineer, and his colleagues at CERN –a particle physics lab near Geneva. Sir Tim Berners-Lee had tapped into the unrealised potential that was offered by connecting computers – and people – via the internet. Years of development ensued, in this time Tim also wrote the first web page browser and first server.
For most people, the web is now the basis of our everyday lives. It is used to look up directions, to communicate and access information at work, to shop, socialise, book holidays and dinner reservations....the list goes on and on. The truth is, for many of us, giving up this technology is hard to imagine. Even more so for millenials who have grown up with the web, life before the Internet seems unthinkable. Imagine having to toddle down to the library for all of your information, or do all of shopping in local stores.
All things online
However, out with the day-to-day life of the typical consumer, the achievements of the web are simply remarkable. There are over 2 billion people online today, all of whom have stemmed from a data sharing system developed by Sir Tim Berners-Lee twenty-five years ago.
UK facts and figures
- UK internet users stood at 36 million at the end of 2013.
- Recent figures show that the UK leads the world’s ecommerce export figures – worth £720 million last year alone.
- Smartphone users have doubled since 2010, percentage of smartphone owners now stands at 53% in the UK.
- 8 million people run an online business from home.
Today, the internet exists as arguably the most efficient and effective communication tool available. It continues to evolve with its users and rapidly changes to suit new needs, trends and technologies. Plus, the 'talents' of celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Psy stemmed from their online virality. Without the web such individuals would be unknown, and that would be a great shame wouldn't it?
We know the web
25 years on, there is no doubt that the web is here to stay - and we know how to make it work hard for you. Have a chat with one of our friendly experts to find out more.