On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee published the world’s very first website from CERN’s facilities in the Swiss Alps; a simple placeholder page written in Hypertext Mark-up Language (mirrored here).

This act marked the birth of the World Wide Web, and according to Slate, this was the first image uploaded to it:

Ew.

Nobody outside of CERN had web browsing software in 1991, but gradually the world caught on and we all found bulletin boards and forums and Geocities and the public web expanded.

It wasn’t pretty at first, but it was new and cool and addictive as heck. I discovered it in 1995 and was instantly obsessed. Even made my own Angelfire page, which sort of resembled this pile of pixelated puke:

Surely, few could have predicted how far and fast the WWW would grow — How much it would change every single one of our lives.

I owe many friendships, fun times, learning opportunites and creative strokes to the web. Sheeeeet, I owe the whole of who I AM to the World Wide Web and related Internet technologies (Note for those of you who don’t already know: The Web is NOT the Internet, but a system we use to ACCESS the Internet. Internet itself is 40+ years old. Military stylez).

My career as I know it would not exist without Tim Berners-Lee and his work at CERN. So, thank you budday. Thanks for building the foundation of our playground.

Cheers to 20 more years of coding, communicating and chronic sleep deprivation.

For all it’s sucked out of me, the web has given back in spades. I don’t even want to imagine my life without it, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Now, please enjoy this instructional Internet video for kids, straight up out of Nineteen-ninety-something:

Okay guys, the first thing you need to know is that the Internet is amazing.

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