The world is celebrating the 25th birthday of the Web on Wednesday, and that’s because 25 years ago a proposal was written describing the basis for what would become the system of linked pages on which users read this article.
In March 1989, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote the proposal for a “global hypertext system,” which would eventually become the World Wide Web. That proposal can be seen in its original form online. At first, the point of the Web was to simply to improve the communication and management of information at the organization where Berners-Lee worked — CERN the European nuclear research group.
But eventually Berners-Lee realized that the Web could be used for much more.
Cunningham’s Law states “the best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question, it’s to post the wrong answer.”
Ad for Compuserve — Compute!’s Gazette July, 1984
"Introducing the first computer shopping service that brings you convenience, savings, and enjoyment." From Compuserve, an H&R Block company — creators of the GIF format. Amazon beat Compuserve’s prediction by about five years.
English entrepreneur Michael Aldrich invented online shopping in 1979. His system connected a modified domestic TV to a real-time transaction processing computer via a domestic telephone line. He believed that videotex, the modified domestic TV technology with a simple menu-driven human–computer interface, was a ‘new, universally applicable, participative communication medium - the first since the invention of the telephone.’…
The first World Wide Web server and browser, created by Tim Berners-Lee in 1990, opened for commercial use in 1991. Thereafter, subsequent technological innovations emerged in 1994: online banking, the opening of an online pizza shop by Pizza Hut, Netscape’s SSL v2 encryption standard for secure data transfer, and Intershop’s first online shopping system. Immediately after, Amazon.com launched its online shopping site in 1995 and eBay was also introduced in 1995.
The history of the Internet began with the development of electronic computers in the 1950s. The first message was sent over the ARPANet, which evolved into the internet, from computer science Professor Leonard Kleinrock’s laboratory at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), after the second piece of network equipment was installed at Stanford Research Institute (SRI)…
In 1982, the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) was standardized, and consequently, the concept of a world-wide network of interconnected TCP/IP networks, called the Internet, was introduced…Commercial Internet service providers (ISPs) began to emerge in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The ARPANET was decommissioned in 1990. The Internet was commercialized in 1995 when NSFNET (the name given to several nationwide backbone networks that were constructed to support the National Science Foundation’s networking initiatives beginning in 1985) was decommissioned, removing the last restrictions on the use of the Internet to carry commercial traffic.
"Products are usually managed by one person, whereas an experience must be curated by several different owners with separate goals and metrics. Drawing on expertise across functions is essential to push thinking, discover what is possible, and forge connections across operational silos. And, before an experience will come across as real to the outside world, dozens, hundreds or thousands of employees need to be educated and empowered to deliver the vision." via Cindy Wong
"CONSUMERS CAN’T TELL YOU ABOUT THE THINGS THEY NEED OR WANT BUT HAVEN’T YET IMAGINED."
Futuristic Kitchen in the 1950s!
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