Thirty years ago on this day, the world changed forever. Tim Berners-Lee, an English software engineer in his 30’s, submitted his proposal that was vague, but exciting: the proposal to build a system for managing information- later came to be known as the World Wide Web.
Working at CERN in Switzerland, Berners-Lee felt the need for a system because the current one was simply inefficient. “I found it frustrating that in those days, there was different information on different computers, but you had to log on to different computers to get at it ... So finding out how things worked was really difficult,” he said in an interview.
Of course, the Internet and the World Wide Web are different things. One can say that the Internet found it real potential after the WWW came along with its web browsers, web pages, hyperlinks, etc. Berners-Lee’s idea was to create a connected IT service so that scientists and researchers can track their data as large projects kept piling up.
Today, 30 years later, looking back at what started off as a proposal, we realize how the World Wide Web has revolutionized how the modern world communicates with each other. Keeping the core code open sourced, Tim Berners-Lee has created the ultimate platform for anyone to create their own browser or website. That’s how we’ve got our modern Amazon, Google, eBay, Hotmail, and more!