The World Wide Web turned 25 years old on Wednesday on 3/12/14. The Internet, however, is older. Not many people know the difference or frankly care, but there is a difference between WWW and the Net.

The Net, as it turns out was started by….wait for it… the U.S. Department of Defense. Turns out the government can do something right. In 1958, they founded the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), which in turn created the ARPANET in 1969, a network of mainframe computers at major universities.

ARPANET

The Net was dubbed a “network of networks.” It is the infrastructure that connects networks across the world, including both the hardware (computers, servers, cables and more) and the software.

When you use an app on your phone, send an instant message, transfer a file, or simply send an email, you are using the Internet.

The Web is just another avenue for transmitting data over the Internet by entering a string of characters called a uniform resource locator (URL) into a browser, which doesn’t require www at the beginning as you may have noticed. This URL code describes the location of a document, like my blog, written in (HTML).

Sir Tim Berners-Lee posited the idea on March 12, 1989, making it 25 years old. Need more of an explainer? You might want to consult the very first website, created in 1990, and still up today.

I felt it was worth mentioning on my blog since rickybruce.com would not be possible if it weren’t for this invention. But what does it all mean? Weigh in if you have an opinion.