The Evolution of the World Wide Web [Infographic]
“In the information age, man and spider both live in a web.
There is a good deal of information available online about the significance that the World Wide Web holds for the functioning of society, economics, and technology.
It is nearly impossible to imagine daily life without the World Wide Web, is it not? The web drives virtually everything from eCommerce and entertainment to education, and more.
So how well-versed are you with the story of how the web came to grab center stage in modern society?
Most of us think of the WWW and the internet to be synonymous in nature. Although closely linked to each other, there is a difference between the two. While the World Wide Web is a layer using different protocols on the internet, the internet facilitates global communication between devices.
While Tim-Berners Lee founded the World Wide Web, several visionaries have contributed towards helping it reach critical mass and dominate the functioning of human societies, as it does today.
So how did the web penetrate the globe?
It started shortly after the curtains were drawn on the Second World War, in 1946. Back then, the idea of the World Wide Web was floated in the form of a short story by Murray Leinster.
However, it took nearly three and a half decades before this idea was envisioned and executed by Tim Berners Lee.
The first web browsers appeared in the early 1990s, with the earliest introduced at CERN in 1991. With the advent of the earliest website, the first online banner advertisements were released in 1994.
The web became mainstream in the latter half of the 1990s, while the rise and fall of the dot-com bubble occurred in the early years of the new millennium.
The race for the best social network began simultaneously, culminating in the web going mobile.
To help you get a better idea of how the World Wide Web has evolved, as well as fascinating facts about this ongoing journey, Grazitti Interactive has designed this cool infographic. Take a look and let us know what you think!
Infographic by Grazitti Interactive
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