The Web recently celebrated its 25th birthday, 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. 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. 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 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.