Happy Birthday WWW!

Twenty years ago today, the World Wide Web, also known as “the web”, was born at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. This event should not be confused with the Internet’s birth. According to the World Wide Web Consortium’s website, the World Wide Web is “an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing”. Tim Berners-Lee is credited with the invention of the web, along with scientist  Robert Cailliau.

Berners-Lee envisioned the concept of using hypertext to help researchers share information over the internet. According to Wikipedia, he proposed ”  to build a hypertext  project” called “WorldWideWeb” (one word, also “W3″) as a ‘web’ of ‘hypertext documents’ to be viewed by browsers,  using a  clientserver  architecture.” Berners-Lee used a computer called NeXT as the world’s first web server. On August 6, 1991, “the web” made its public debut.

Today, the World Wide Web Consortium, or W3C, as it is often called, sets the standards for “web” development. Tim Berners-Lee is still very active in the development of “the web” and is the Director of W3C. He was Knighted in 2004 by Queen Elizabeth. He also directs the Web Science Trust and The World Wide Web Foundation.

“The web” has transformed into a medium for the endless sharing of ideas, entertainment, and commerce. Could the men who set this idea in motion ever have envisioned the powerful influence it has become today? So today, when you check up on friends half-way around the globe on Facebook, or catch the latest gossip on some news website, take a moment to wish “the web” a very happy twentieth birthday!

YouTube Turns 6 With 3 Billion Views Per Day

In May 2005, the YouTube founders launched YouTube.com and today YouTube is celebrating its sixth birthday with an announcement that it’s uploading 48 hours of video every minute. That’s huge!

YouTube’s global daily views have gone up up 37 percent in the past six months and now records 3 billion views per day, which is more than 50 percent from a year ago.

YouTube Stats
The company announced in its blog:

We’re amazed that over this last weekend, you drove YouTube past the 3 billion views a day mark, a 50% increase over last year. That’s the equivalent of nearly half the world’s population watching a YouTube video each day, or every U.S. resident watching at least nine videos a day.

With live event streaming and faster uploads, no doubt YouTube has achieved this success rate. YouTube now targets 72 hours a minute, or 4 billion views a day and I’m sure this will be achieved in no time.

YouTube’s first video was uploaded on April 23, 2005. The site was initially opened to beta testers in May 2005 and in October 2006 it was acquired by Google for $1.65bn


The first video upload on YouTube