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The Web recently celebrated its 25th birthday The Web Is 25... So Let Us Celebrate [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Web Is 25... So Let Us Celebrate [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Web recently turned 25, with this incredibly dense and diverse set of online destinations having been born in 1989. I think it's time to celebrate the Web in all its different forms. Party, anyone? Read More , having been birthed in a lab at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) by Tim-Berners Lee in 1989.

It’s evolved massively in the last quarter of a century, with extremely humble beginnings leading to the mass of useful and entertaining sites and services we now know and love. But where in particular did your online adventure begin?

A Thirst For Firsts

We want to know, What Is The First Website You Remember Viewing? We’ve added the word “remember” because we suspect a lot of you will struggle to figure out the first website you ever saw online. So, the first you actively remember using will more than suffice.

This discussion is running alongside this week’s poll, in which we’re discovering when you all first accessed the Internet When Did You First Access the Internet? [MakeUseOf Poll] When Did You First Access the Internet? [MakeUseOf Poll] It wasn't until the World Wide Web was born that the Internet entered into mainstream consciousness. Now, it's available almost everywhere. When did you first use it? Do you remember your first time? Read More . The Internet and the Web are, of course, two different things, but they’re so closely connected we thought it would be a good idea to run the two questions concurrently.

The poll results at the time of writing suggest an astoundingly high percentage of MakeUseOf readers ventured onto the Internet before 1994 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More . With the World Wide Web having been created in 1989, it’s possible you’ll have to reach into the deep, dark recesses of your memory in order to recall the first website you remember seeing.


We’re hoping to receive enough comments to create a long list of the first websites visited by MakeUseOf readers. This may end up being a list of nothing but ISP homepages, so feel free to ignore those default landing pages to inform us of the first website you actively sought out.

We suspect some of the websites named will still exist, but many will likely have been consigned to the Internet afterlife, where all websites go when they die. Their status is immaterial; if you remember a website from your earliest days of exploring the InterWebs Go Back In Time: How 10 Big Websites Looked 15 Years Ago Go Back In Time: How 10 Big Websites Looked 15 Years Ago The year was 1997. Apple was a struggling computer company, AOL was a booming Internet service provider, Microsoft was on the verge of releasing Windows 98, and the Web was a very different place. Through... Read More then please let us know all about it.

Feel free to add a little extra information to your comment rather than just drop the domain name in and hope for the best. The more interesting your comment is the more likelihood of it winning Comment Of The Week.

Have Your Say

All comments will be read and most will be replied to, before a follow-up post is published containing the We Ask You Results. One reader will win Comment Of The Week, receiving a geeky T-shirt for their effort.

We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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