Happy World Wide Web Day! Celebrate Online

3 years ago

Do you know what today is? Well, you likely guessed from the title of the post (rather than being a brainiac who likes to spell in binary for the fun of it) -- it's World Wide Web Day. But do you know why we celebrate it in August? Anyone? Anyone?

It's because the first time people could go online was August 23, 1991.

23 years.  Think about how much your life has changed in the last 23 years.

So this World Wide Web Day is the golden anniversary of the Web.  Celebrating is pretty simple: Use your devices.  Use your computer.  Go online.  Read an e-book.  Listen to music on your iPod.  Watch a movie on your laptop.  Write a blog post.  Tweet.  Surf Facebook.  In other words, use technology however you like to use technology.  Think of it as the anti-Internet cleanse.  Today is a day for Internet gluttony!

Anyway, I think we should say sweet things about the old girl, don't you?

I remember exactly where I was the first time I saw a website.  I was standing in my co-worker's office at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she had loaded a website on her computer.  She told me that in the future, websites would be common and load quickly, and we'd even be able to read books online.

I laughed at her.

I told her that she was ridiculous.  What?  We were going to keep a log of numerical URLs?  (Because there were no word URLs at that point.  If we wanted to visit a site, we had to type in the numerical address.)  There were no search engines, so how would we find all these mythical books online?  Would we have to know someone who knows someone who has the address?  Uh, hello, I could open a paper book in a split second; why would I want to read something online?

Oh how I laughed.

Of course, today I am eating my words.  But, hey, look, I'm doing it online!  Which means I'm celebrating World Wide Web Day.

So tell us about the first time YOU saw the Internet.  Did you have any clue it would play such a huge role in your life today?

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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