August 23rd 2016 officially marks 25 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee gave access to the general public to use the World Wide Web. Without this, we would not be able to access the internet as we know it today. In fact, when you think about how interconnected our digital lives are, can you begin to imagine a world without it?
Though celebrating its 25th birthday, the roots of the internet (not the World Wide Web - they are different entities) go much further back in time. It was originally invented by the US government in the 1960s as a way to communicate between computer networks. This is the core basis of how you connect with web pages as it sends information along. The World Wide Web is what you use to access web pages on the Internet.
It was only when in 1990 that Berners-Lee developed the world’s first web browser (WorldWideWeb) did the changes and opportunities present themselves. Little did he or anyone know at the time, how much would change.
Today the World Wide Web obviously looks nothing like its original iteration, with the advancement of HTML and other services and the variety of super fast web browsers available. It’s important to realize that today’s super fast broadband speeds were unheard of even 15 years ago and the years following the World Wide Web’s development saw the use of Dial-Up internet, relying on a house phone line.
This got us all thinking of Rawnet as to what we have started to take for granted and how we feel about the last 25 years through digital connectivity, and how much advancement has been made in such a short space of time. Our superbly creative design team made some images to reflect the thoughts of the office staff. You can see some here, and the rest on our Twitter Page.
Here are our favourites from around the office:
Adam Smith - MD - We were the last generation to go through adolescence without a Facebook profile / or any other form of social validation.
Matt Thomas - Senior PHP Developer - I wish my daughters knew a life before internet but saying that when you're out having a coffee you can stick on the tablet and they’ll sit there happily watching TV. Swings and Roundabouts
Steve Druckman - Finance Director - I used to love receiving a mixtape. A playlist just isn't the same.
Sarah Blount - Senior UI Developer - I’m sad that I didn’t know a life without the internet
Stu Neilson - Producer - Remember when dial-up used to kick someone off the phone or you couldn't have a call at the same time? It drove my parents mad!
Matt Pascoe - Designer
So here's something I saw the other day that I don't recall seeing forever.... Porn in the undergrowth!