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Happy Internaut Day!

I tend to ignore a lot of the “National Days” because there is a day for literally everything. Unless #NationalToastedMarshmallowDay (August 30th, fyi) has some marketing value for a client, I don’t give it a second thought. But when Facebook alerted me to the fact that today, August 23, 2016, marks the 25th year since the World Wide Web was opened to the public, I had to pause and look more into Internaut Day.

Internaut Day
Celebrating 25 Years of Connecting People The web opened up to the world 25 years ago today! We thank Sir Tim Berners-Lee and other internet pioneers for making the world more open and connected. via Facebook

To mark the anniversary, people all over the world are thanking Tim Berners-Lee for the role he played in making the Internet what it is today.

Imagine, for a second, what the world would be like without the Internet. Don’t have a panic attack; clearly that’s not the world we live in. You can go back to surfing the web for hilarious 90s gifs on your smartphone.

But what if? Well, for starters, I’d be out of a job. What good is a Digital Marketer if she can’t post on social media?

In all seriousness, can you remember a world without Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, before emails, online forums, Wikipedia, Skype, Netflix, Youtube, Reddit, and online poker? Being a ’90s kid myself, I have little experience with a world without Internet. I bet it was a blissful, cat-meme free place … Share your experiences with me in the comments section!

Happy Birthday, Internet. (Here, I have to note that founder of the web Tim Berners-Lee delivered the proposal for what would become the world wide web on March 12, 1989. Social media users have the wrong date, so happy belated 27th birthday!)

Need perspective on just how huge the Internet is? Check out the below infographic.

from MarketWatch
from MarketWatch

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