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Happy Birthday, World Wide Web

Twenty years ago today, Sir Tim Berners Lee and the folks at CERN (yes, that CERN) published the specifications for the World Wide Web on the world’s first web page. (Fitting, that.) Those of us with long memories may remember a time before 1993 when information was still available over the internet; don’t worry, your mind isn’t playing tricks on you. You were still browsing the internet, just with different protocols like Gopher or FTP.

World Wide Web, 1993
HyperText, an early browser to explore the nacent World Wide Web, running on a NeXT workstation at CERN in 1990. The standards that would define the Web were released on April 30, 1993.

In a short two decades, the World Wide Web has transformed the way we interact with our computers—and each other. Hit the link above (in the title) to see the Web, circa 1993, stark in its simplicity but brimming with promise.