March 12, 1989 was a big day
March 12, 1989 was a big day in the annals of digital history.
It was on that day that Tim Berners-Lee proposed the idea of what we’ve come to call the World Wide Web. And so Google has decided to celebrate in classic Google style: with a Doodle.
The Doodle, which at the time of this writing is available to our friends living on the other side of the International Date Line (what up, Mashable Australia), depicts an old-school computer slowly downloading an image of a rotating Earth — dial-up modem and all.
Notably, in a blog post announcing the internet’s 30th anniversary, Google makes an effort to head off any possible pedantic ramblings regarding the web versus the internet.
“Not to be confused with the internet, which had been evolving since the 1960s, the World Wide Web is an online application built upon innovations like HTML language, URL ‘addresses,’ and hypertext transfer protocol, or HTTP,” it reads. “The Web has also become a decentralized community, founded on principles of universality, consensus, and bottom-up design.”