The first ever words that Berners-Lee’s boss uttered after he proposed his plan about information management were ‘vague but exciting.’ Both had never realized that the complexity of Lee’s proposal will signal the phenomenal birth of the World Wide Web that is now being used by billions of people worldwide.
Today marks the creation of a data sharing system which after 30 years, turned into a channel that allows the exchange of information for free. Google is celebrating the special occasion featuring a doodle that pays homage to personal computers before and how things were during the early days.
Aside from creating a doodle, it also outlined the creation of the World Wide Web, with a brief history on arts and culture blog which contains photos of the original proposal and the computer that has been used to develop the system. In its blog post as well, Google indicated that the doodle is visible throughout the countries across the world except for some majority in Africa, Iceland, Central Asia, Indonesia, and China. The purpose of showcasing it online is to let people know the origin, as well as, the importance of the web, and also emphasizing that people nowadays are abusing the advantages offered by the tool.
The Google Doodle shows a milestone in the field of technology with an animation showing block graphics that were common in the early days. There is a globe in the center of a ‘Google’ image placed on a desktop monitor which calls for reminiscing the old days of slower download speed. The doodle serves as a nostalgic reminder for everyone about the pixelated text and graphics that characterized the old and initial stages of connected computing.
But for Lee, it is a constant reminder of the challenges he faced before his piece gained acceptance.
On March 12, 1989, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee who is working for Europe’s Physics lab known as CERN, submitted an information management proposal to his boss. He outlined his idea for a computerized system that would eventually allow users to write, format, and interlink content through hypertext. His boss responded by saying ‘vague but exciting.’
And, just like that, the internet was born. But, before Berners-Lee got permission to build his system, which he modestly named ‘the World Wide Web,’ he needed to work hard first before this dream ‘piece’ to materialize. The web was never an official CERN Project because, as complicated as it may seem on the diagram itself, the company did not believe in its purpose. So Mike Sendall, Tim’s boss gave him time to work alone in September 1990. This sparked confidence and self-perseverance for Tim who never gave up on his work despite criticisms from others.
And by October 1990, Tim had written the three fundamental technologies which became the foundation of the web until now. These are called the HTML(HYPERTEXT MARKUP LANGUAGE), URI (UNIFORM RESOURCE IDENTIFIER and the HTTP (HYPERTEXT TRANSFER PROTOCOL).
Now, Google’s doodle commemorates the 30 years of a remarkable hardship from a crude idea on flowcharts into its final piece that revolutionized the entire world. Aside from revisiting the past, Google wants to remind the people of how far we’ve come from depending on books in the library until the invention of the internet which became an engine for online researches and studies.
After 30 years, because of someone who is as dedicated as Tim Berners-Lee, we are now experiencing the benefits of an ‘open web,’ a means to build a thriving society by connecting everyone in different parts of the world, raising a voice no matter how big or small it is, and enhancing participation regardless of your status in the society.
Tim Berners-Lee’s perseverance should inspire us to go on in life when things seem hopeless. By challenging ourselves, we are also measuring success or at least understand the number of sacrifices one is willing to make in the name of it. Tim Berners-Lee’s success in creating the World Wide Web, despite the challenges he encountered, is just another example of a man who is not afraid of falling. After all, the greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time you fall.