Happy 25th Birthday, World Wide Web … Doh!

On March 12th, we’ll be acknowledging the 25th birthday of a little thing called the World Wide Web. Before this, WWW was considered a typo. While another evolution is now taking place with mobile, the foundation of the digital revolution is based on Sir Tim Berners-Lee and his so-called information management system that changed everything (with Mosaic). Thanks to you as well, Al Gore!

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Sir Tim Berners-Lee

I remember graduating from college in 1995 and looking at job options. I spoke with traditional advertising and PR firms (both big and small) that thought this was simply a shiny object blip. Many enterprise organizations and consumer products players said, “Why would we ever want to waste time putting our company out there?” I continued to evangelize why it was so important, similar to what I do today around social (and mobile) with the transformation of businesses into community-driven organizations that focus on value, relevance and storytelling to create evangelists.

Found this in a Mashable post, based on a Pew Research report.

Found this in a Mashable post, based on a Pew Research report.

How has the introduction of the World Wide Web impacted your life? If you’re a millennial, you don’t have a clue about what it was like to visit libraries for ALL of your information. Don’t know something? Let’s jump on Google. It’s a very different world for digital natives. There are countless opportunities and challenges ahead, but I’m optimistic about it — especially as we embrace social business as the norm, while the Internet of Things takes innovation from the world of technology to each part of life (health, education, business, philanthropy, media and more).

  • Data (from big to small and everything in between)
  • Social (because life is about people and that’s social)
  • Cloud (allowing interaction and connectivity at all points)
  • Mobile (since we’re on-the-go, but still must be ‘always connected’)
  • Video, storytelling, content & context (value & relevance required)
  • The Internet of Everything (as Cisco often references it)
The Future of the "Internet of Everything" (via Cisco)

The Future of the “Internet of Everything” (via Cisco)

Happy Birthday, WWW … a quarter century old and I look forward to celebrating many more years with you. By the way, to put this all in perspective, the World Wide Web was introduced in 1989 — the same year that a mischievous yellow character named Bart Simpson debuted on FOX. Doh!

Space Shuttle Challenger – 28 Years, But Never Forgotten

Time seems to go much more quickly with each passing year. I can remember my grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles talking about this at the kitchen table one day when I was a kid. I thought, “What are they, crazy??” As you become an adult and start to encounter life’s many experiences, you soon realize that tidbits like these are indeed true.

Space Shuttle Challenger Crew

28 years ago today …

One moment in history that I have vivid memories about from my childhood is NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger. There was an enormous amount of attention, since it was the first time that a civilian would accompany the astronauts into space. This high school teacher from New Hampshire became a national symbol for space travel as people envisioned anyone and everyone going boldly out of this world. Sadly, soon after the launch from Pad 39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:38am EST, the Challenger and its crew were lost in a tragic explosion. Horror embraced us all, as many went silent in shock — while others broke down into tears.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 28 years since that moment in time. I can only imagine how the social communities would be if that happened today. Perhaps it would be comforting, perhaps not. Time has passed and we now have excitement from NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover, Elon Musk’s SpaceX endeavors, Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic efforts and others.

Whatever the case, we should always honor those that contributed to these advancements based on the history of space exploration — from Neil Armstrong as the first person on the moon to all that followed in his incredible footsteps. So today, I thank the members of the Space Shuttle Challenger and wish their families the best for their sacrifice. Universal gratitude and Godspeed to these heroic astronauts, wherever they may be now.

We have not forgotten.

  • Mission Commander Francis R. Scobee
  • Pilot Michael J. Smith
  • Payload Specialist Gregory B. Jarvis
  • Payload Specialist/Teacher/Civilian Christa McAuliffe
  • Mission Specialist Judith A. Resnik
  • Mission Specialist Ellison S. Onizuka
  • Mission Specialist Ronald E. McNair
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