Thirty years ago today in 1989, computer scientist Tim Berners Lee submitted his idea for the World Wide Web to the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).
If you open the Google Search home page on desktop or mobile device today, you’ll see a retro-looking Google Logo with a pixelated computer comprising the second ‘O.’ On the PC’s screen, there’s a picture of the Earth that loads as if being downloaded from the web.
Below the “Google Search” button there’s a blurb that says “Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web.” When you click on it, your browser opens a tab in the Google Arts & Culture website dedicated to “The World Wide Web: The Invention That Connected The World.”
The page explains a brief history of the World Wide Web and Tim Berners Lee’s contributions to creating it. There are also some awesome images of old computers that illustrate how far computer hardware has come in the last 30 years.