What was the world wide web like 30 years ago?

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Sir Berners-Lee's proposal, which led to the world wide web, was submitted 30 years ago today
Dial-up tone, clunky websites and internet AOL free trial CDs - it's clear that the earliest versions of the world wide web came with quirks and frustrations. Thirty years ago today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his proposal for the world wide web. To celebrate its anniversary, tech firms, early web users and retired politicians are flooding #Web30 on Twitter with nostalgic posts remembering their first interactions with the world wide web.Here are a few of the people heralding what was once called the information super highway.The High Performance Computing Act was passed by US Congress in 1991, which helped develop accessible web use. Former vice-president Al Gore was one of the earliest supporters of the act.
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In 1991, the High Performance Computing Act paved the way for what used to be known as the “Information Superhighway.” I was proud to write the legislation and to help ensure the Internet supports a free democracy, a standard we must continue to protect. #Web30 #ForTheWeb— Al Gore (@algore) March 12, 2019
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A few years later, in 1994, former US president Bill Clinton and then prime minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt, were the first global leaders to exchange emails over the world wide web.
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In 1994, I was proud to be part of the first Presidential email exchange with another head of state, @carlbildt, then-Prime Minister of Sweden. In my message, I thanked him for his support as America ended the trade embargo on Vietnam. #Web30 #ForTheWeb— Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) March 12, 2019
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By 2000 - the first year the US-based Pew Research Center tracked internet usage - half of the population was already online.It is impossible to forget the crackling sound of the dial-up tone in those early days. The screeching and ringing have come to represent the earliest web portals and is even up on Google's homepage to celebrate the 30th anniversary.
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This is the sound of every 90s kid’s childhood… ?? #BackInTimeForSchool #Web30— BBC Two (@BBCTwo) March 12, 2019
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The earliest computing technology was conceptualised in the mid-19th century by British mathematician Charles Babbage. The first computer wasn't built, however, until 1939. Soon after, the first computer company was founded.In the 1960s, two MIT Graduate students theorised and then created a technology that was able to transfer small packets of information from one computer to another. This interconnectivity, first called the Arpanet, marked the first traces of the internet.
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On the anniversary of the Web, a reminder: @timberners_lee invented the Web and @vgcerf invented the Internet #Web30 #ForTheWeb— W3C (@w3c) March 12, 2019
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I was lucky to be a young person when the digital revolution was just getting under way, and my Microsoft colleagues and I had the chance to help shape it. Celebrating #Web30 leaves me feeling nostalgic about 1995.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) March 12, 2019
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The technology was primarily used for US defence strategy throughout the Cold War. This was until two decades later when Tim Berners-Lee sought to streamline a connection between a larger network of computers. Thus, the internet browser and the world wide web was created.Today, we think of the internet as millions of links networked on a variety of browser options like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. We can thank Berners-Lee for it because a "browser" was first coined in his 1989 information management proposal.The first ever web address that started it all was and it still exists today.
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Early websites
Companies like Amazon and Craigslist and early web designers have taken to social media to share their first ever website.
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In celebration of 30 years of the web, we’re looking back at our first homepage from 1995 when opened its virtual doors. We’re honored to be part of the @webfoundation’s 30-year story of the web. See all of the milestones at #Web30 #ForTheWeb— (@amazon) March 12, 2019
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In 1995, I started a simple mailing list and the rest is history #craigslist #Web30 #ForTheWeb— craig newmark (@craignewmark) March 12, 2019
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The simple designs were limited to basic HTML code that could provide simple on-screen text and hyperlinks to other websites. Today, other coding languages like CSS and javascript can animate elements to pages that are otherwise dull."Back then, we were still thinking of books and newspapers. We didn't think there were any rules for accessibility or design," says Will Francis, a technology and social media expert based out of London.
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On the web's 30th birthday, here's the first site I made, back in 2000. It's about my Thailand trip, and breaks every single design rule in the book ? #Web30 @CERN— Will Francis (@willfrancis) March 12, 2019
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In 2001, Wikipedia became one of the first applications of the web in pursuit of free knowledge for all humans. In 2019, we’re still here. And we’re still free. #Web30 #ForTheWeb— Wikipedia (@Wikipedia) March 12, 2019
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Aside from design limitations, Mr Francis explained that getting your website discovered was one of the main challenges. In 2000 when Mr Francis made his first site, not many people were doing the work that he was, he says."It felt like a new frontier and that was exciting," Mr Francis told the BBC. "But, we've gained so much since and I certainly wouldn't want to roll the clock back."
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