The web: 25 years old in 2014

Did you know that 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the invention of the web by Sir Tim Berner’s Lee in 1989 and of course, CERN are rightly celebrating this.

You can see from this screenshot of the first site how far the web has come:

Web Timeline

It’s been fascinating to see how the web has evolved from technical project to a new way of doing business to an essential part of everyday life for most us.

For me, personally, technology has changed so much when I look back at my timeline (this taken from an earlier edition of my Ebusiness and Ecommerce Management) book. Amazing to think I hadn’t sent an email until 1991, and now…


How does your digital technology timeline look?


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Digital Marketing: Strategy, Implementation and Practice
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Dr Dave Chaffey is co-founder and Content Director of digital marketing advice site Smart Insights. We’re a publisher and learning platform that helps our 150,000 active members in over 100 countries plan, manage and optimize their digital marketing activities by applying the actionable advice in our planning templates, guides and interactive e-learning tools.

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