The 24th of August marks Internaut Day!
This is the anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee opening the world wide web (WWW) to the public for the first time. It is a day where we celebrate the internet and all the amazing things we can do because of it.
Berners-Lee first came up with the idea of an internationally accessible exchange of information in March 1983, while working at Cern, the European scientific research organisation. The intention was that it would allow scientists around the globe to be able to pool ideas and data. Since then, the internet has grown from strength to strength, with more websites and applications being created intending for us to learn, discover, and share valuable information and our own unique views of the world.
Some of us may remember a time before the world wide web. Others may remember the days of dial-up, where you had to make sure other family members weren’t on the phone when you wanted to check your emails or do some research for your school project.
These days, more and more people are being born in the age of the world after the dawn of the internet. They can’t remember or know of a time without it!
Because of the internet, we can:
- Shop online straight from our homes
- Book flights or hotels or music festivals
- Communicate with friends, family, and colleagues from around the world instantaneously through email or video calls
- Learn anything we like about a range of subjects, from digital marketing (of course), to learning new languages, about historical cultures, learning new skills like baking or DIY, and even building up your fitness.
- Share photos and videos and top tips to others on a multitude of platforms
- Watch films and listen to live music
- Create websites and social media accounts to share our thoughts or products
The list goes on and on.
What would we do without the internet? There are still places around the world without access, and if the internet goes down… there goes our access to everything that makes our world work.
That doesn’t mean that sometimes it’s good to get a break from the constant barrage of information. Or even be aware of what’s good and what’s bad about the internet. If you run a business, the internet is vital to connecting with your customers. If you’re researching a subject for a thesis, or even just wanting to learn about a new subject, it’s incredibly useful and even vital.
We’ve collated a few of our past blog posts talking about ways you can use the internet and websites.
Why not discover these below:
- Buying and Selling Online - https://cosmic.org.uk/news/buying-and-selling-online
- Digital Health and Wellness - https://cosmic.org.uk/news/digital-health-and-wellness
- Social Media and Networking - https://cosmic.org.uk/news/social-media-and-networking
Here’s some great little tips and sites we’ve shared in the past:
- Manage your business projects and campaigns: Asana – https://asana.com
- Design new graphics and flyers and more: Canva – https://canva.com
- Create a page with multiple links to direct people to different web pages: Lintr.ee – https://linktr.ee
- Create stunning presentations: Prezi – https://prezi.com
- Check out music across the globe: Radio Garden – https://radio.garden/
- Manage your business projects and campaigns: Trello – https://trello.com
- Get a view from someone else’s window! Window Swap – www.window-swap.com/window
- Discover more about Internaut Day: https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/internaut-day/