The World Wide Web turns 30 years old on March 12. To celebrate this birthday, we’re crowdsourcing a Twitter timeline of the most important milestones in the web’s history.
And we need your help!
Each hour over a 30-hour period on March 12 and 13 will represent a year of the web’s history. The Web Foundation will activate the timeline with a tweet at 08:00 CET, representing 1989, the year Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the web. Then at each consecutive hour, there will be posts from founders, influencers, brands, inventors and activists around the world, recalling a significant moment from the web’s history.
To make sure this timeline tells a full story of the web, we’d love you to contribute your top web moments. They might be personal milestones, ways the web has changed the world, websites you loved or memes you couldn’t stop sharing.
To contribute, tweet using the following format and hashtags.
In (x year), ____________ #Web30 #ForTheWeb
Examples of other moments will be things like the first tweet, the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the launch of the iPhone, the Arab Spring, and grumpy cat – all mixed in with people’s personal moments. The content will put the light-hearted with the life-changing.
A 30-hour journey
This 30-hour timeline will be mapped against a 30-hour journey Sir Tim is taking on March 12th and 13th, starting at CERN, stopping in London and finishing in Lagos, Nigeria.
The journey will officially start at CERN in Geneva on the morning of March 12, where Sir Tim will join a great line-up of speakers to reflect on the impact the web has had over the last 30 years. The event will be live-streamed from 8:00 am CET.
Later that day, in partnership with the Science Museum in London, the Web Foundation hosting an evening of conversation with Sir Tim who, along with other leaders in science, technology and policy, will discuss how the web has changed our lives and what we can do to protect it. The event will be live-streamed from 17:00 GMT.
In Lagos, Sir Tim and Web Foundation co-founder Rosemary Leith will visit the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC) which works to nurture the next generation of female technology creators, entrepreneurs and leaders. They will also visit Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) where technologists and social entrepreneurs work to solve social challenges in Nigeria.
Other ways to get involved
There are a number of other ways you can help us celebrate the web’s 30th birthday:
- Click to share the campaign on Twitter and Facebook
- Share our graphics & create your own
- Add your voice to our campaign for a better web
- Support the Web Foundation with a donation
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