What was your first experience of the world wide web?
Perhaps, like me, it was back in the heady days of 1993, and the Mosaic web browser, which paved the way for the groundbreaking Netscape in late 1994. It was, quite frankly, amazing. A new horizon opened up right before our eyes. And we never looked back.
Of course, back then, it was something of a privilege to be online, but the net gained traction really quickly. While just 16 million people were using the web in 1995, this figure had leapt to 50 million three years later, one billion by 2009 and more than twice that last year.
In 1993 there was an estimated 130 websites online, which jumped to ten thousand by 1996. Fast-forward to 2012, and there are 634 million websites competing for your attention. And what about social media? An unknown concept (certainly in its modern sense) in the noughties, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the other major networks now have hundreds of millions of users combined – and they’re not showing any signs of slowing down.
This infographic from WhoIsHostingThis.com looks at the incredible growth of web usage.