March 12, 2014Published by: Fereshta Amir

World Wide Web 25 years on

What Twitter looked like when it first launched in 2006

What Twitter looked like when it first launched in 2006

Today marks the birthday of what we know as the World Wide Web and it has been with us for a quarter of a century thanks to Sir Tim Berners-Lee. As we look back at the 25 years with World Wide Web it is without a doubt that a lot has happened since. In celebration, this great article by Marketing UK reminds us that just under 40% of the world's population has internet access and that on average, a fixed broadband connection costs more than a third of income in the developing world. The languages most used in communications are, in order: English, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese.

The first-ever website (info.cern.ch) was published on August 6, 1991 by British physicist Tim Berners-Lee while at CERN, in Switzerland. At present, the number of web pages is increasing by the second and it is estimated to reach 1 billion by the end of 2014. You can see a live count here which as we write this post is 919,319,600. This web page also shows us the most popular websites and how they looked at launch year. Putting things into perspective, it shows that Yahoo launched in 1994 and social giant Facebook appeared 10 years later in 2004 - with one of the more younger popular websites including Pinterest, which launched only 4 years ago. Read more here.

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