Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Published March 15, 2014 by Maryanne

Me at an old computer

“On March 12, 1989, the visual layer of the internet was quietly revealed” states a very informative article by Chris Gayomali: http://www.fastcompany.com/3027557/fast-feed/happy-25th-birthday-world-wide-web-our-gift-an-intentionally-brief-history-of-you?partner=rss&utm_content=buffer44523&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

I remember the very first time I heard about the internet. It was in the early 1990s and a friend who worked in the corporate world was complaining that a guy she liked wasn’t answering her “emails.”

I have to admit, I was intimidated by the concept. Writing a letter over a computer seemed just too weird to me. I still rejoiced in getting snail mail stuff on a regular basis.

Then by mid-1990s I was working at a newspaper in NYC and had access to internet — but I never used it. A friend who lived in Tennessee that I regularly communicated with via telephone and snail mail said that if I emailed him, we could talk “every day.”

I was so afraid people would read our emails. The concept was still foreign to me. Until I dated a computer nerd (does anyone use that term anymore? I guess we are all computer nerds these day!) I was fascinated by all the things he could look up on his lap top.

Then after house sitting for a month in NYC and having access to the email and computer, I was hooked. I wanted my own computer!

Early ways of communicating on the internet with others included posting info on message boards. One of my favorite internet times was communicating with fellow poets on a Richard Hell website.

Then came Live Journal in 2002. An online journal where you can share your life with fellow writers. I have so many friends I’ve met on Live Journal that I am still in touch with today!

I totally missed My Space, because I was so involved with Live Journal.

When I started my own business in 2008, Craig’s List was the online tool that helped me gain a number of clients.

Then I heard of the mother of all websites — Face Book.

I was one of the late bloomers when it came to Face Book — up to 2009 I was still a Live Journal chick. But once I gave it a shot, I was thrilled because I reconnected with many friends at first. Then later started using it as a business tool. Ninety percent of my book sales are due to Face Book.

In fact, if it wasn’t for the World Wide Web, I highly doubt I’d ever publish a book or have my own business. It’s just a wonderful tool that puts life full speed ahead — allowing the average person to get things done in the quickest way possible.

Other wonderful things about the internet include: online shopping, research, various sites to listen to music, You Tube and so much more.

While the internet can be detrimental — a big time eater, preventing people from enjoying outdoors, a contributor to lack of communication, and pure laziness — when used properly, it’s a most wonderful thing and probably one of the best inventions I’ve seen in my 50 years!

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