Today marks 25 years since the invention of the World Wide Web. This made us here at Cisco think about the motives of the inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, and whether they hold true today.
Berners-Lee didn’t set out to ‘invent’ something. Well, maybe he did – he was a scientist after all. But he didn’t set out to invent the Web. His motives were simpler. He wanted to enable a small community of people, in this case scientists, to share information between themselves. He wanted to create a knowledge-sharing platform and a network of people.
The word ‘network’ is defined as ‘a group or system of interconnected people or things’. This group of scientists, working together in the late eighties, wanted and needed to be interconnected. And fundamentally, that is what we’re trying to achieve here at Cisco too. Creating a network for people to use to become and remain connected.
People are social beings who want to remain connected to what’s most important to them – anywhere, and anytime. The rise of social networks proves nothing, if not people’s desire to be connected. As we embrace the Internet of Everything era, we believe in staying true to Berners-Lee’s core values – creating a network for people.
Taking the record for the fastest-growing communication medium of all time (having reached 50 million users in merely four years), the World Wide Web has transformed how people interact with their networks; how they connect, communicate and collaborate. And we believe it’s changed for the better.
Happy Birthday to the World Wide Web, we can’t wait to see where innovation and creativity will take you over the next 25 years.