Where were you when the web began?

Today is OneWebDay – a day which, according to its Wikipedia entry, is “a day when users of the World Wide Web are encouraged to show how the Internet affects their lives. The purpose of the event is to globally celebrate online life.”

Today is the first OneWebDay and is being marked by events and activities in many places around the world.

Bloggers are encouraged to post about it, as I am, and to add their thoughts on what the web has meant to them:

[…] Because the web runs on machines, people forget that it’s fundamentally a social, human place. OneWebDay is about remembering that, and not taking the web for granted. The web is a wonderful resource that we need to respect, defend, and celebrate. And we’re here to have fun and be inspired, and take a look at what other people around the world are doing to celebrate OneWebDay.

I’ve been online since 1989. But that’s to do with the internet not the web. When I think of the web, I think back to around 1993 when I first heard of and saw Mosaic and, early 1994, when I wrote my first web page (in a text editor, so manual code-typing) and got it online on my first website.

To me, the embryonic web meant freedom of expression and the means to reach out and connect with people, wherever they are and whoever they are.

Today, the web is a foundational platform that provides the infrastructure for so many things that people can do in how they communicate and build and foster new relationships in new ways.

Where were you when the web began?

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