Happy Birthday “World Wide Web”

The very first publicly accessible webpage was published on August 6, 1991, by Tim Berners-Lee. The original site was lost, but a replica was created in 1992 and is still available today. Celebrate the World Wide Web Birthday with facts and trivia about the early days and beyond.

We’ve gathered a few interesting tidbits in honor of the World Wide Web birthday:

  1. Nowadays, most people simply refer to the “web”, but originally  Berners-Lee called the project “W3.”
  2. The words “internet” and “web” are not interchangeable. The internet is a network that connects computers from all over the world. The World Wide Web is a way of accessing information from the internet. It uses browsers and http protocol to transmit data.
  3. There are approximately 5.81 billion pages on the web right now.
  4. The 1st email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomilinson, the US programmer who invented the email system.
  5. Over 84% of all email is considered spam.
  6. An estimated 65% of Americans watch TV and use the Internet simultaneously.
  7. Before its acquisition by Google, the domain name “gmail.com” was used by a free e-mail service offered by Garfield.com, the online home of the famous comic strip.
  8. 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  9. The 1st ever web cam was invented to catch the office culprits who didn’t refill the coffee pot.
  10. It’s estimated that 1 out of 5 married couples met online.