by Dan Karas
The World Wide Web has become an integral part of our lives, so much that most of us cannot even begin to understand the fact that there was a time when the Internet did not exist. However, the Internet as we know it today didn’t come into being all until the last decade of the 20th century, meaning the 1990’s. Yes, this really means that, in spite of the fact that today’s children might feel as if the Internet had always been here, the World Wide Web as it is known today is not as old as we might think. On the other hand, the idea of the Internet is much older.
The author called Tom Standage released a book in 1998 by the name of “The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s On-Line Pioneers”. As its name suggests, the book is about the late 19th century, and the main idea is that the telegraph is actually the precursor of the modern Internet. Aside from this, Tom Standage also says that the telegraph was even more significant that the Internet for its time, as real-time global communication was not possible before the invention of the telegraph.
During the sixth and the seventh decade of the 20th century, the idea of the modern Internet first appeared in the USA, and this idea was given more and more attention as time passed by. In that time, this web was used only by American Government agencies to share important information among themselves. By the middle 1960’s ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) was put into action, and only chosen organizations could enter this project which boasted the line speed of up to 50 kbps. During the following decades, The Internet was developing more and more, all until it became very similar to what we are using today.
During the 1980’s, The Internet developed significantly, which resulted in almost the whole world being connected by the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. However, all of these “phases” of the Internet were somewhat awkward to use, as most of them required a lot of computer knowledge, as well as patience, and were used mostly by professionals such as researchers, university professors, librarians, scientists and so on. After this, during the 1990’s the Internet finally became more user-friendly than before, meaning that it was easy to be used by people from all walks of life.
Today, the World Wide Web is something we cannot imagine our lives without. With websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia, and similar, people of all ages and ethnicity have been given an equal chance to use this powerful tool on a daily basis. Aside from this, the modern Internet has done a lot of good in terms of business as well, because every contemporary business can create an online presence and benefit greatly from doing this. All in all, the Internet has come a long way from its humble beginnings, and we can be very glad it did.