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World Wide Web Day – August 1, 2022

Why celebrate World Wide Web Day every August 1? Because without the web, the Earth would be a super lonely place. Don’t believe us? Well, before the World Wide Web (WWW) was created, people had to spend a lot of money to contact someone far away. Today, voice calls, chats, and video calls are available at the click of a button. This is just one of the advantages the WWW brought to the world. It also made it easy to search information, access songs, find news online, and do thousands of other things that have empowered the world today. Thank your lucky stars you were born in a world that has the World Wide Web!

History of World Wide Web Day

The World Wide Web is a revolutionary technology that led to the creation of thousands of other inventions that rule the world today. However, it took a few years before the World Wide Web was noticed by the masses. The proposal for the WWW was developed by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 and was further enhanced with the help of Robert Cailliau, a Belgian informatics engineer and computer scientist. Together, they were able to develop the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) and then set it up for release in early 1992. Like many other great technologies, the WWW was not initially meant for the public and was devised to be utilized by physicists to share data. 

However, when the World Wide Web did reach the general public, it was an instant hit. At that time, it was merely a luxury, but today it’s a necessity. The popularity of the platform took off when the first website was produced and when photos started appearing on the web. The first photo was uploaded by Berners-Lee in 1992. Since then, there has been no stopping the World Wide Web and it furthermore proved to be the fastest-growing medium of communication by accumulating millions of active users by the mid-1990s. But this was just the beginning — by the 21st century, web usage transcended into advanced smartphones that operated more or less like computers. Today, the World Wide Web can be accessed through gaming devices, cell phones, laptops, and even watches.

World Wide Web Day timeline

1991
For the World

The WorldWideWeb browser is made available on the public internet.

1993
Browse Away

The graphical browser Mosaic is launched.

1994
Work Through It

InternetWorks is launched, which allows people to open tabs in the browser window.

1996
Window of Opportunity

Internet Explorer is integrated into the Windows computer system.

World Wide Web Day FAQs

What is the World Wide Web?

Also called WWW or the web, this is a system of public web pages that are connected and can be accessed from anywhere in the world. 

What can you do on the WWW?

The WWW can be used to watch movies, chat, share videos, search on topics, play online games, etc.

What is the difference between the WWW and the internet?

The internet is a network the computer connects to in order to access the World Wide Web. On the other hand, the WWW is software-oriented. 

World Wide Web Day Activities

  1. Search the web

    What other way to celebrate World Wide Web Day than by searching the web? Use this occasion to check out different sites and give in to the power of the web.

  2. Listen to a podcast

    There was no such thing as podcasts before the WWW and the internet entered our lives. Do what any millennial would do and instead of watching a typical documentary, tune into a podcast.

  3. Make your presence known on social media

    Let’s face it, without the World Wide Web, there would be no social media. So on this say, thank the person who created the WWW by posting photos, statuses, and blogs on social media platforms. You can stay online all day and no one will judge you!

5 Fun Facts About The World Wide Web

  1. Surfing the internet

    The phrase ‘surfing the internet’ was made popular by Jean Armour Paul in 1992.

  2. Websites in the world

    There are over 1.6 billion live websites around the world.

  3. Top five popular websites in the world

    The top five most popular websites list includes Google, YouTube, Facebook, Baidu, and Wikipedia.

  4. Queries processed by Google

    40,000 search queries are processed by Google every second.

  5. The first email

    The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971.

Why We Love World Wide Web Day

  1. The invention is historical

    The day is celebrated because the invention of the WWW is historic and has completely evolved the world. Not only has it changed the way we interact, but it has also affected the advertising of goods and services.

  2. A reminder of the past

    It's days like these that remind everyone of how things were before the web was invented and how difficult everything was. For instance, students would spend hours at the library to research a term paper.

  3. It serves as a motivation

    Inventions such as the World Wide Web that will exist for years to come are super motivational and inspire the youth to strive to make a difference.

World Wide Web Day dates

YearDateDay
2021August 1Sunday
2022August 1Monday
2023August 1Tuesday
2024August 1Thursday
2025August 1Friday

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