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First of all, I would like to start this blog with a huge apology. Having looked at my last post I was both surprised and disappointed to see that it is over a year since I last contributed to the Open Comms blog – eek. 

There really is no excuse, other than things have been so busy that time just seems to have passed by far too quickly and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down!

That wasn’t my only surprise of the day! I can’t quite believe today marks 25 years since the very first webpage and the World Wide Web became public. Designed by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, it has helped to create the modern world as we know it.

At the time the World Wide Web became public I was a small child, not quite two years old. I know to some this will make the above statement seem pointless coming from someone who doesn’t remember life before the Web.

What I do remember is the first time I ever used the internet, I was in primary school around seven or eight. The first site I visited was an educational one launched by the BBC to aid junior school pupils with their SATS exams. I thought it was amazing, like a video game with tons of secret levels that you couldn’t quite complete.

The internet is now a staple part of everyday life for billions of people across the planet, opening up a world of opportunity that is immeasurable. It is a constant that has advanced massively and helped to evolve modern technology in just a quarter of a century.

From having to use computers that took up space in a whole room, we are now able to access webpages from devices as small as a watch in some of the most remote places on the planet. It’s amazing, there’s no other way for me to describe it.

It is only since I started writing this post, that I have actually thought about what life would be like without access to the World Wide Web. I know billions are alive today that have lived without it, but honestly I can’t imagine it.

It has created millions of jobs, connected millions of people and saved millions of lives. So here’s a great big thanks to the team behind the World Wide Web for its creation and making it public. Without access to it I wouldn’t be writing this blog and probably not working in PR doing a job that I love.

 

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