According to this article at CNET, the Web turned 20 last Friday.
Amazing to think of the change that this little idea provoked. In 1989, all that Sir Tim was proposing was an idea to deal with the loss of corporate information at CERN, due to staff turnover and a mess of incompatible data systems (that’s government for ya!). Sir Tim’s modest idea was to create a “… linked information system, in which generality and portability are more important than fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities.”
Fast forward to 2009, and we’ve got this vast instant information ecosystem, churning out new data 24-7, 365 days a year. ‘Course nowadays, those fancy graphics techniques and complex extra facilities are pretty embedded in the functioning of the Web … ah well, at least the generality and portability aspects of the original idea are still somewhat intact.
(Found this via Doug Halsam – like his reaction:
The Web is 20 years old? All that means to me is it still needs a fake ID, but at least it’s old enough to vote. Maybe the Internet did elect Obama after all.