I remember being hugely excited about first using the JANET network when I was at college at the beginning of the 90s. I was able to send simple text messages from a computer in the Clive Sinclair Building in Cambridge to a friend at King’s College in London – and she was able to reply ‘virtually’ via a computer at her end. That was it – but it was communication like nothing else at the time.
The JANET network was one of the forerunners of the internet as we know it today. It has come a long way since then and with the beginning of web 3.0 (and so-called ‘semantic web’) this could be only just the start.
This is a great article celebrating 25 years of the web.
It sprang from the brain of one man, Tim Berners-Lee, and is the fastest-growing communication medium of all time. A quarter-century on, we examine how the web has transformed our lives