The Internet: What was the world wide web like 30 years ago? – BBC News

The Internet: What was the world wide web like 30 years ago?: MARCH 12, 1988
Sir Berners Lee
 GETTY IMAGES: Sir Berners-Lee’s proposal, which led to the world wide web, was submitted 30 years ago today

Dial-up tone, clunky websites and AOL free trial CDs – it’s clear that the earliest versions of the world wide web came with quirks and frustrations.

Thirty years ago today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for the world wide web. To celebrate its anniversary, tech firms, early web users and retired politicians are flooding #Web30 on Twitter with nostalgic posts remembering their first interactions with the world wide web.

Here are a few of the people heralding what was once called the information super highway.


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In the early 1960s, Paul Baran was an engineer at the RAND Corporation when he began thinking about the need for a communications network that could withstand a nuclear strike. RAND was contracted by the Pentagon to create a system that could continue operating even if parts of it were destroyed by an atomic blast. It was supposed to be the ultimate decentralized system.


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  • wally n  On 03/13/2019 at 2:32 pm

    I remember thirty years ago while doing a C A D course at Seneca the Professor’s computer was on and you could see the “conversation” We asked what was that, and he said it was a means of sharing information between Colleges, I don’t think any one of us had any idea what we were actually observing.

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