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Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear World Wide Web, Happy Birthday to you.

Posted by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 5:15 AM
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March 12th 2014

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today!


What will you to do celebrate?

by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 5:15 AM
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Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 5:17 AM
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Howard Davies-Carr's two children became online stars after he uploaded a video of his baby son Charlie biting the finger of his older brother Harry.

The clip has now been viewed more than 670 million times on YouTube. Mobile phone apps have been created based on it and it has even been spoofed by Hollywood celebrities and a top director.

The web hasn't changed my life. I haven't let it.

We didn't go looking for anything when we posted the video and we didn't expect anything.

I knew I would send the link for the video to friends and family and that people would be able to share a funny moment - I didn't expect any more than that.

But I am amazed at the level of contact with people that posting the video on the web has produced. We've been contacted by people all over the world - different ages, nationalities and religions. They all have a story.

People have reached out and said the video has helped them through traumatic times. If their kids have been in hospital or they're having a bad time, they say they've watched it and it's cheered them up.

The reach of the web is amazing.

Lots of people don't own computers but might have a phone that lets them look at videos on the web.

Harry and Charlie are growing up always connected. They have tablets and take for granted going to the web to find something out or see what someone is doing. They have no concept that this didn't exist before.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 5:18 AM

Steve Pankhurst, founder of Friends Reunited

Friends Reunited can be regarded as the first social network to take off in the UK. It allowed people to reconnect with old school friends.

At its peak it had 15 million members and in 2005 ITV bought the site for £175m, making its founders overnight millionaires.

Steven Pankhurst explains what the web has meant to him personally.

I have worked from home since the early 1990s. Back then it was a lonely existence. The odd phone call and the radio were my only link to the outside world and other people.

Fast forward to now. As I write this, my Twitter feed is constantly updating. I have just stopped and gone off to watch a YouTube video of an old band, I've read an article about Bitcoins, and followed a funny conversation about X Factor.

My Facebook has just pinged with a comment about a photo I posted earlier.

In the space of that paragraph three emails have come in - distractions again. I click away and answer them.

This is how I (and probably others) now work. Short bursts of concentration punctuated with lots of noise and distractions. It's great though - I wouldn't have it any other way.

The web has made me feel connected to the whole world in ways I couldn't have imagined.

I feel we have only scratched the surface of what can be done. Twenty-five years have flown past - think what has been achieved and what is still to come.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Mar. 12, 2014 at 5:20 AM

How different would your life so far have been, if the World Wide Web had not been invented?

survivorinohio
by René on Mar. 12, 2014 at 7:11 AM
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Some days my house would be cleaner without the web :)

How far you go in life depends on your being: tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of both the weak and strong.  Because someday in life you would have been one or all of these.  GeorgeWashingtonCarver


lga1965
by on Mar. 12, 2014 at 7:26 AM

 I would read more books and ...yes, my house would be cleaner !  LOL. When my daughter suggested I should get a Laptop, that was the beginning of my addiction to the Internet!

I got along fine without it before. And Cell phones too.

 

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