Happy (sort of) birthday, World Wide Web!

A brief history of the Web
A brief history of the Web

Twenty-five years ago, the first public website went live.

It was a helpful guide to this new thing called the World Wide Web. The minimalist design featured black text with blue links on a white background. It's still online today if you'd like to click around and check out the frequently asked questions or geek out over the technical protocols.

Web pages have changed drastically since then, evolving from plain text to glittery Geocities gifs, into photo- and video-based pages, and most recently going back to simple for mobile devices.

The World Wide Web was actually conceived in 1989 by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee. He wrote a proposal at research institute CERN for a "global hypertext" system, and later developed some very important technology still well known by their acronyms, HTML, HTTP and URLs.

Here's a look back at what he created, using the very technology he made.

Check out the first ever website.

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See other early website pioneers, from the original Yahoo to CNN's first site.

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Take a trip through the history of the World Wide Web.

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Check in on Tim Berners-Lee's current project, defending Net Neutrality and privacy with his World Wide Web Foundation.

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And see what he had to say about how his project turned out a quarter decade later.

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