World Wide Web: The Google Doodle on Tuesday revisits this milestone in technology through an animation showcasing block graphics which were a common sight earlier. A globe at the center revolves slowly on a desktop screen, taking us back to an era which had slower download speed.
Google is celebrating March 12 to mark the birth of the World Wide Web by dedicating a doodle commemorating the revolution that changed the world as we know it. This day marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. The Google Doodle today features an animated bulky desktop which seeks to act as a reminder of how things were back when it had all started.
On March 12, 1989, British physicist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who was working for Europe’s physics lab CERN, had suggested a system of information management which would be decentralised. This move signalled the creation of the World Wide Web which is now used by billions of people across the world, creating a global village without borders.
Berners-Lee made a proposal which showed a system of hypertext links with the possibility of clicking key words on one page that would lead directly to the page with all the information on them, hence connecting other pages as well.
The World Wide Web paved the way for new-age technologies and businesses which has changed the way people communicate, order food, hail cabs and what not.
The Google Doodle on Tuesday revisits this milestone in technology through an animation showcasing block graphics which were a common sight earlier. A globe at the center revolves slowly on a desktop screen, taking us back to an era which had slower download speed.
“Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL “addresses,” and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP. The Web has also become a decentralized community, founded on principles of universality, consensus, and bottom-up design,” a blog post by Google said.
Jeff Jaffe, who is the CEO of the World Wide Web Consortium said that there are “very few innovations that have truly changed everything” and added that Web is the “most impactful innovation of our time.”
In a letter published on Monday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee said that the world wide web is for everyone and together we as people have the power to change it. “It won’t be easy. But if we dream a little and work a lot, we can get the web we want,” he added.
He also hailed the opportunities the web had generated for everyone and giving marginalised sections a voice and making day-to-day life easier. However, he had a warning too. He said, “it has also created opportunity for scammers, given a voice to those who spread hatred, and made all kinds of crimes easier to commit”.