Did you know that the first website was created more than 30 years ago?
On August 6, 1991, British scientist Tim Berners-Lee published the first website in history, which explained the World Wide Web (WWW) project. The page, which can still be visited today, describes the objectives and characteristics of the website as well as the ways to access the documents and resources available on it.
It was a revolution for communication and the exchange of information, since it allowed different computers and networks to be connected through hyperlinks. Berners-Lee designed the HTML language, the HTTP protocol, and the URL system, which remain the basis of today’s web. He also created the first web browser, called WorldWideWeb, which also served as a page editor.
The website had no colors, no photos, no graphics or animations. It only met the objectives for which it was created: “the recovery of information that aims to provide universal access to a large number of documents.” This first website was hosted on a NeXT computer, a brand founded by Steve Jobs after his departure from Apple. The computer was located at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, where Berners-Lee worked as a researcher. CERN retains the original computer and has restored the website several times to keep it accessible to the public.
This milestone marked the beginning of a digital era that has transformed the world. Today, there are more than one billion websites on the web offering all types of content and services. The web has facilitated access to information, education, entertainment, commerce, citizen participation and many other human activities.
Those of us who are dedicated to digital marketing or who work on the internet owe great admiration and respect to Berners-Lee, since without him, we could not be doing what we do today. His project even revolutionized the way we live and after more than 30 years, his project has been able, over the years, to give birth to new careers and professions and to generate thousands and thousands of jobs in the digital market. Without Berners-Lee, the Digital JUMP project would not have existed, but here we are and today we work closely with our partners to continue improving their online presence.
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