Posted on Slashdot today:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNN: Twenty-five years ago, the first public website went live. It was a helpful guide to this new thing called the World Wide Web. The minimalist design featured black text with blue links on a white background. It’s still online today if you’d like to click around and check out the frequently asked questions or geek out over the technical protocols.
Its original URL was info.cern.ch, where CERN is now also offering a line-mode browser simulator and more information about the birth of the web. CNN is also hosting screenshots of nine web “pioneers”, including the Darwin Awards site, the original Yahoo, and the San Francisco FogCam, which claims to be the oldest webcam still in operation.
What are some of the first web sites that you remember reading? (Any greybeards remember when the Internet Movie Database was just a Usenet newsgroup where readers collaborated on a giant home-made list of movie credits?)
I first started “browsing” (we didn’t “surf” back then) circa 1993 with an early version of Mosaic for Unix. I remember that first web page, and how at the time CERN was still maintaining an index of web pages, and highlighted new pages as they appeared. Thanks to the visionary Tim Berners Lee and team, the web is a triumph of the free / open / cooperative philosophy.
Despite being an early adopter I completely failed to spot the potential of the web. (Same with the first time I saw a WIMP computer, one of the first Macs in early 1985, I’m a terrible technology pundit!) What an amazing 25 years it has been. Just hope it doesn’t all go bad in the next 25.