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Happy 20th Birthday Internet: 5 Things It's Made Possible

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by Gelo Gonzales | Aug 11, 2011
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Twenty years is a momentous point in the life of anything that exists in the world.[firstpara] For us humans, it is the point when we finally stop being whiny, acne-filled teenagers, and become level-headed, mature-thinking adults. Or at least we try.

But that is a subject for another time, because there is a more important topic at hand, and that is the 20th birthday of this little thing we call the World Wide Web.

He’s kind of a big deal, you know, as his initials might just be the only 3-letter combination in the online world that trumps the significance of the hallowed “LOL” and “WTF.”

It wasn’t always that way. In 1990, back when the Internet was just this thing that only computer geeks talked about in closed circles, a certain British physicist named Tim Berners-Lee had a vision.

It was to create a platform on which it would be possible to view and share vital documents, be it text, images, or sound. If you’re feeling a bit of the nerd-itch, you can click here to read his original proposal.

It was a noble cause, and one that came to fruition by August 6, 1991, when the physicist posted the very first text document on the Web, a document that summarized what the WWW was all about, and further explained that noooo, it’s not exactly a new wrestling league. Below as well is the first photo to have been uploaded on the web, a photo of a pop-parody band composed of Berners-Lee's colleagues. The image was put up by Berns-Lee himself.

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                                                 Clearly something from another era

The rest is history, and since then, the World Wide Web has fulfilled its rightful goal, with humans sharing their wisdom unselfishly in what has become a massive pool of knowledge that has come this close to solving the dilemma of world peace.

Okay, okay, so that last bit might be kind of a reach, but it goes without saying that things just wouldn’t be the same without it now. In fact, you wouldn’t even be reading this thing you’re reading right now, or be doing any of the things listed below in the gallery had Tim Berners-Lee decided to slack off. So Happy 20th Birthday World Wide Web, and may the government never ever put a cap on our bandwidth use!  

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