World Wide Web – 3/13/19

Google Doodle yesterday featured the 30th anniversary of the world wide web.  Actually, a software engineer at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research submitted a proposal to his boss in late March 1989 that involved a new way to manage information that could be shared with universities and scientists around the world.

1)  The shortcut URL stands for uniform resource locator?

2)  The original name for the World Wide Web was The Mesh?

3)  The first website was instructions on how to use the web?

4)  The term “surfing the internet” was coined by a librarian?


1)  Fact…it’s described as being the discrete address used to identify the location of resources online.

2)  Fact…but the inventor thought it sounded too much like The Mess.  The Information Mine (TIM) and Mine Of Information (MOI) were also considered.

3)  Fact…inventor Tim Berners Lee came up with the idea and launched on Christmas Day, 1990.

4)  Fact… Jean Armour Polly, a librarian, is credited with coining the term surfing the web in March 1992.  She published an article called “Surfing the Internet” in the University of Minnesota Wilson Library Bulletin.