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World Wide Web’s Twentieth Anniversary

On April 30, 1993, the World Wide Web was born. Today we just call it “the Web”; while other mistakenly call it “the Internet”. The Internet is just the basic tools or platform for delivering the web’s content. (An earlier post stated August 1991 as the birthday, but that version wasn’t publicly accessible. On April 1993, the page was made public.)

And on April 20, 1993, the very first web page was published. Here’s a screenshot:

CERN's first webpage. April 30, 1993.

To mark the anniversary, CERN has republished that page. Though launched in 1993, it was “built” in 1992. Dan Noyes, CERN’s communications group web manager, says this version is the oldest version they can find, but they are looking for an older version.

Back in 1993, the scientists at CERN took out an advertisement in the German Research Network to make the announcement. The researchers invited people to visit the website and test out features like viewing documents, which can be accessed by following links.

“This will give you the very basic line-mode interface. Don’t be disappointed,” the advertisement read.

Mr. Noyes says the line “don’t be disappointed” is crucial because the team knew they had a revolutionary product that looked “rather ordinary.”

By relaunching the first webpage, CERN’s staff hopes to “revive the original spirit in creating the Web”; that is “to give universal access to enthusiasts, in hopes of creating a fair and equal space in the world.”

Few today know, or remember that the first web browsers allowed you to make edits to a page — directly to websites. This is similar to how Wikipedia and some other sites work today.

Visit the first website at: www.info.cern.ch.

You may also be interested reading an earlier post.

Happy Belated 20th Birthday World Wide Web!

Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee

Update (Apr. 30, 2013): The first webpage went public in 1993.

WWW! I’m sorry I missed your birthday this past Saturday, August 6. Hard to believe that you were born 20 years ago, in 1991, on a tiny NExT computer at the CERN facility in the Swiss Alps. And your closest friend, 36 year old physicist Tim Berners-Lee, was there at the keyboard.

1991. Of course, Tim and his colleagues were the only people who had access to you then, but they fully intended to get as many people onboard spreading information.

Tim Berners-Lees computer at CERN

WWW’s first home 1991

1993. About 6 months before your second birthday, WWW, the Mosaic browser came along and you started to run. By the time you were 2 years old, in 1993, you were becoming pretty well known on the university circuit. By the end of the year there were about 700 websites.

1994. I think that’s when you and I first met, WWW, back around 1994 when I was a returning college student at Queens College. In less than 2 years I was adding web sites to you for Queens College’s Division of Social Sciences. I even had my own site and domain staked out. By the end of 1994 there were over 10,000 websites; and your friend, Mosaic, changed their name to Netscape Navigator. What ever became of Netscape? Is it true he runs with Mozilla Firefox today?

Yes, yes, WWW, we’ve had some good times together. Looking forward to many more.

–What’s that, WWW? Yes, I know, a LOT of people think you’re the Internet. Isn’t that funny?!  I mean, come on now, the Internet is 42 years old! You’re only 20, it’s obvious! You look fantastic.

–What?

Okay, WWW, you didn’t have to mention that I’m older than the Internet. Now, where’s that close button?

How to Get Featured in Fast Company Magazine

Fast Company's Influence Project

One of the best ways to promote yourself and your business, online and offline, is through associations. People and businesses frequently list the names of newspapers and magazines their company or personal name has been printed in because it builds credibility and reputation.

Fast Company's Influence ProjectRight now Fast Company Magazine, one of the most well respected business start-up and entrepreneurial magazines there is, is doing a feature on influential people. It’s called The Influence Project. They are going to post everyone’s photo in the magazine who registers. The size of you picture depends on how much influence you have.

But you will always be able to say you were in Fast Company magazine under the “Most Influential People”.
Not a bad thing to have on your website? Your Facebook page?

Click here to start influencing now! Fast Company will send you a link that you can spread any way you like to get people you know — or don’t know — to start voting for you.

Or just click here to vote for Skylarking as being influential in your opinion.

Quick News from Affiliate Summit East

imagesHi, folks. I should be in NYC right now attending day 2 of Affiliate Summit East, but I stayed in for a little extra sleep.

I’m attending Affiliate Summit East 2009 in NYC at the Hilton. It’s my first Affiliate Summit, and I have learned so much in less than 6 hours that it’s hard to believe. I’ve learned a bit about marketing, and I’ve learned that the affiliate marketing community is real tight and friendly. A bunch of great people out there.

First, thanks to Evan Weber of Experience Ads (@experienceads) for helping me get my pass. And we finally got to meet after trying to meet all day.

Sunday I attended three seminars: Getting Noticed Fast (with Mike Buechele, Trisha Lyn Fawver, Jen Goode, and Stephanie Lichtenstein), Viral Campaigns by Larry Bailin, and What the heck is a web site? (Or are web sites dead?) All three were very informative, and chock full of useful info and ideas. I’ll write more about them later.

Drew, Brett, and Heather

Drew, Brett, and Heather

I met some more bloggers such as Ben Spark (Drew) at benspark.com; @HeatherinBC (boatinginbeautifulbritishcolumbia.com) who was great; Brett Bumeter from softduit.com; and Andre Natta of bhamterminal.com. Real nice people.

John Chow, me, and Jeremy Schoemaker

John Chow, me, and Jeremy Schoemaker

I also got to chat briefly with John Chow of JohnChow.com and Jeremy Schoemaker of shoemoney.com. I completely look like I snuck up behind them and had someone sneak this photo when they weren’t looking, but I had been chatting with them both beforehand. It was great to meet them, and they’re two really down to earth guys for such well-known bloggers.

Much more to tell, but I’m going to save it for later and head on down to ASE09 ASAP.