Interestingly, for many of us, this was also the very beginning of the Internet as we know it today. And by the mid-1990s, many of us were taking our first tentative steps online.
We often mistakenly think this is when the Internet started, but that's a bit of a misconception. The Internet was around in various forms since the 1960s. The Web was not, is not, and will never be the same same as the Internet. Rather, it is a service that sits on top of the Internet (like Gopher, WAIS, and even Archie, Veronica, and Jughead) and it's the one that transformed the Internet from a land of researchers, scientists, military personnel and geeks into the thing we all use today.
Here are a few notable resources if you want to dig a bit:
- Sir Tim's original proposal
- On the 25th anniversary of the web, let’s keep it free and open (Sir Tim's Google Blog post)
- The Web at 25 in the U.S. (a Pew Research Center paper marking this milestone)
- The first-ever web page: - site, story
- 25 web milestones