Opening a website and clicking a link is the easiest thing in the world right now, but 32 years ago that wasn’t the case. The World Wide Web It may seem strange to think about how different life was before the WWW than it is now. Going to the shop for grocery orders, going to the movies to watch movies, meeting up at cafes to chat with your friends, even just texting or calling if you’re lucky.
It may be hard to imagine right now, but 32 years ago the internet as we know it today had just emerged. Although the web was discovered earlier, the public website is actually not that far back.
The story of the Internet began in the 1950s. Even though the war had bad results, something useful for the future was produced, and the internet is one of them. During the Cold War, scientists and engineers were looking for a way to communicate data between computers. While considering how to maintain communication in the event of hostile attacks, the first seeds of the internet were planted.
The internet, which was founded in the USA in the 1950s, was developed in the following 1960s and 1970s, and it was in the late 1980s that it became today’s internet.
In the late 1980s, British scientist Tim Berners-Lee, while working as a computer scientist at CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research), started a project to facilitate information sharing. As a result of this project, a network was established that makes it possible to access information via links using hypertext. This network is the “World Wide Web” as we know it today.
Tim Berners-Lee’s work on the “World Wide Web” has made progress in integrating enriched text documents into a working network system. This development marked the birth of the modern internet.
On December 20, 1990, Berners-Lee published the first website with a text promoting the “World Wide Web” project. At that time, the website, which was only accessible from within the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, could not fulfill its “www” mission yet.
On August 6, 1991, a historic event took place when Berners-Lee opened the site to outsiders. The first example of the web pages used today went on the air when there was not even an image in it.
The first website was published at http://info.cern.ch/. This site was a simple HTML page and contained a few basics. The content of the page included general information about the web, technical details about the WWW project, and information on how to create a web browser and server.
Although the first website was quite simple by today’s standards, this step paved the way for the rapid development and worldwide spread of the Internet. Billions of websites and trillions of web pages today are built on the foundations laid in this first step.
This technology created by Tim Berners-Lee has revolutionized the access and sharing of information, transforming the world.
We have entered a new era with the opening of this website to the world. There are no longer only limited websites on the Internet. With the developing technology, new progress is made every day.
With the development of websites, social media applications, mobile applications, and the ability to do e-commerce, it has now turned into a business line on its own.
3 new internet sites per second
Following its launch on August 6, 1991, there were 10 websites in 1992, 3,000 websites in 1994 (with the making of W3 into the public domain), and 2 million websites when the Google search engine was launched in 1996.
According to the data of Siteefy, there are 1 billion 106 million 671 thousand 903 websites worldwide. While 18 percent (201 million 898 thousand 446) of these websites are actively used, 82 percent are not actively used. While 252 thousand new websites are opened daily, 10 thousand 500 new websites are launched per hour, 175 per minute, and 3 new websites per second.
5.16 billion people use the internet
In the early days of the Internet, the number of users was also very limited. However, in the following years, with the widespread use of computers and the ease of access to the internet, there was an explosion in the number of users. Today, billions of people actively use the internet and even earn money from it.
Internet users make up 5.16 billion people of the world’s population. This corresponds to 64.4 percent of the world’s population. According to these data, 59.4 percent of internet users include social media users. There are 62.55 million social media users in Turkey.
According to the data on the DataReportal site, there are 71.38 million internet users in Turkey as of 2023. Turkey’s internet penetration rate is 83.4 percent of the total population at the beginning of 2023.
As of January, 99 percent of the population in the United Arab Emirates uses the Internet. North Korea, on the other hand, ranks last in terms of population rates worldwide.
Most visits to Google
According to similarweb.com data, the most visited site worldwide was “google.com”. Google is followed by “youtube.com”, “facebook.com”, “instagram.com” and “twitter.com”.
Considering the time spent by users for each visit, a user can see 10 minutes 38 seconds on Google, 20 minutes 25 seconds on Youtube, 10 minutes 43 seconds on Facebook, 8 minutes 22 seconds on Instagram and 10 minutes on Twitter. It takes 47 seconds.
Considered one of the greatest inventions of the era, the internet stands out as a technological development that reshapes almost all areas of life, from commerce to education, from entertainment to transportation.
The first website was the key that allowed us to explore the world of the internet. Today, with this key, we not only have fun, but also learn, communicate and connect with people around the world.
Something new may have been developed since the beginning of the WWW, even since you started reading this news. We are in a universe of endless possibilities when it comes to technology.