Can you believe it’s been 30 years since the birth of the internet as we know it? Considering we’re a web hosting company and our entire business is reliant on the internet (aren’t all companies nearly reliant on the internet these days?), we’re feeling a little nostalgic.

So let’s cheers to the internet as we know it and all the geniuses who make the world wide web spin! Here’s a look back at the pioneers.

Speaking of pioneers…

Wait. Who is Tim Berbers-Lee? Tim Berners-Lee is the guy we owe “it all” to. He is the inventor of the World Wide Web and is still the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, commonly known as the W3C. The W3C is like the governing body of the internet, and is responsible for setting the standards for the web such as coding languages, best practices, operating guidelines, and helpful tools.

So of course, you’re going to see his name several times in our history of the internet below, starting with pre-Y2k.

Imagine if the Y2K bug really did bring down the house…

Thankfully, the crisis was averted and we have 20 more years of internet awesomeness to talk about!

What’s missing?

So, do you have a favorite “internet history” moment that is missing from the list?

Or, what new internet craze do you have up your sleeve for the next 20 years? You could be a pioneer just like Tim Berners-Lee. Just get your ideas online and out for the wonderful world wide web to see!

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Blair Williamson is the content marketing manager for HostGator where she comes up with great ideas for blog content, webinars, and emails to help you rock your business.