British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee distributed his “informational management proposal” concerning a World Wide Web at CERN, March 12, 1989. As a Christmas gift he released the code to the public, Christmas Day 1990.
20 years ago eBay was launched (still waiting for those Beanie Babies).
20 years ago The White House launched it’s website (if users typed .com instead of .gov they got a porn site – kinda makes Obamacare glitches look boring).
16 years ago Google was launched.
Thank goodness, what did people spend all their time doing before they could search for:
What colour our poop should be.
Is Netflix watching me?
The Walking Dead,
The missing plane.
Game of Thrones.
What if your cat looks like Hitler.
Removing massive blood stains.
Why do old bands keep copying Glee songs?
How to use Google.
What does Daryl Dixon’s hair feel like?
Are rhinos just obese unicorns?
Can puppies read minds?
Can I be an alien and not know it?
Do zombies cry?
Kittens that look like Miley Cyrus.
Can Jesus marry?
Can Jesus marry Miley Cyrus?
Is Lena Dunham a ballerina?
And of course, more kittens.7 years ago Estonia holds first online parliamentary elections.
Chinese is the dominant language of the internet.
We sure have accepted this technology blindly; hope we’re not sorry.
So thank you Tim Berners-Lee. After 25 years of connecting the planet, a majority of time online is still spent watching porn, looking up celebrities, playing games, hooking up, clicking on kitten pix, and whining.