Week 4: Evolution of the web

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This week’s lecture was focused on the evolution of the web and the rise of social networks. We watched an interesting short video about the sending and receiving of data across the web and how the web first began with emails and short soundbites of information and data.
I didn’t know how this data transfer worked so found it interesting to learn about how data is transferred from the internet to my computer and so forth.
In 1989 an English scientist named Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web. He was employed by tech company CERN when he wrote the first web program in 1990 (Lumsden, 2017).
Mosaic browser transformed the Internet from an academic tool into a telecommunications revolution in 1993 (Gillies, 2000).
Now in 2017 the World Wide Web is the mother of modern communications, providing information for millions of users and tens of thousands of servers (Gillies, 2000).
From the previous semester in a journalism class I learnt about Web 1.0 Web 2.0 and now Web 3.0 which is the new era of “the intelligent web.”
In this new era it is social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter that are the most popular among users.



Lumsden, A. (2017), A Brief History of the World Wide Web. [online] Web Design Envato Tuts+. Available at: https://webdesign.tutsplus.com/articles/a-brief-history-of-the-world-wide-web–webdesign-8710 [Accessed 2 Aug. 2017].

Gillies, J. & Cailliau, R. (2000), How the Web was born: the story of the World Wide Web, Oxford University Press, Oxford.