The Internet at 20

Twenty years of “www”

It was 20 years ago today, Sargent Pepper taught the boys to play…

The internet turned 20 yesterday.  According to this LA Times article, www first became available to the public on April 30, 1993.  If you check the article, a copy of the original website is available.  Pretty crude by today’s standards, and only 20 years old.  I have T-Shirts older than that…Really.  I have a couple of ‘Sturgis’ shirts from the 80’s…

The Rise of the Internet

I would argue that the internet has had more impact on humanity than ANY OTHER THING in it’s first 20 years.  According to the article, there are now about 639 million websites on the internet, or roughly 1 for every 10 persons on earth.  10%.  An incredibly large number.

Compared to any other ‘big deal’ in human history the internet has had a meteoric rise to prominence.

  • The Airplane:  In it’s first 20 years of service, less than 10% of earths population had even heard about them, let alone seen one.

  • The Automobile:  Henry Ford hadn’t even begun manufacturing in it’s first 20 years.

  • The Telephone:  Still needed to be direct wired in it’s first 20 years.

  • Television:  Didn’t have it’s first broadcast station in it’s first 20.

  • Cellular  Phones:  Still took up the entire trunk of your Mercedes in it’s first 20 years.

So let’s agree.  The internet is a pretty big deal.  Arguably the biggest deal ever in the course of human history.

The internet has been through infancy, childhood (I came aboard some time around 5), pre teen, teen age and now enters adulthood.  Where will it go from here?

The truth is, I don’t have a clue.  I know that the internet will change more in the next 20 years than it has in the last 20.  No doubt about it.

And in the End

The internet is like a beautiful young woman, full of promise and hope.  I have only one piece of advice:

Don’t take her to a bar to celebrate, she isn’t legal yet!

I’m just sayin’

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