No matter where you are today, whether you're enjoying a day off or clocking in for your regular shift at work, let's all take a moment to celebrate the existence of the internet.
More than 3 billion people use the internet on a daily basis. That growth has skyrocketed from just over 2 billion users back in 2010, and it's for a good reason. Whether you like it or not, the internet is the new normal.
What you might not realize is that today is the 25th anniversary of the internet. Here are some fun facts that you probably never realized helped the internet get its start.
- The world wide web was first launched on August 23, 1991.
- A British computer scientist named Sir Tim Berners-Lee is credited as being the mastermind behind it.
- Berners-Lee's first plan for what is now known as the internet was originally outlined in 1989 in a document called "Information Management: A Proposal."
- This initial proposal was at first rejected.
- Berners-Lee worked on his proposal using a NeXT computer, which was one the earliest products created by Steve Jobs.
- HTML code and URLs were created by October 1990.
The rest, as they say, was history.
If you've enjoyed these fun facts, you might also be interested in seeing what some of the most popular websites used to look like 20 years ago. Watch this video to see how things have changed. And take some time today to toast Sir Tim Berners-Lee and the internet!