Whilst you were busy building a website, an important milestone in Internet history was passed last month. The Internet- in the sense of being a proposal of how to link computers and servers – turned 20 years old.
The chap credited with it all is Tim Berners-Lee. Whilst working at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, Tim published a paper that was an early blueprint of the web.
Berners-Lee’s idea was that a system that could be developed that linked computers so that scientists could share information. The computers could be linked using something called ‘hypertext’ – what we now just call ‘links’.
The web address off the very first website was www.info.cern.ch.
We’ve written before about how fast the web is growing, but where are we now? Although there is no agreed way of measuring the size of the web, it is generally held that by the end of 2008 there were around 200 million websites with around 30 million new ones being added annually.
I don’t know about you but that makes my efforts feel quite small. And a little daunted when it comes to getting to the top of the Search Engine Results page (SERPs). I’m off to study the SEO guide…