On August 6, 1991, Berners-Lee went public with his creation, publishing the web’s first content to the address http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. The page, in a manner that was both pragmatic and appropriately recursive, featured information about the web, via the web. It also — appropriately — asked its readers for help in its own development. On the page, Berners-Lee described the invention, which he nicknamed W3, as “a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.
So that’s all to say: Wow, the World Wide Web is 21! In human years — in the U.S., at any rate — the web can drive a car. It can vote. It can drink. But it can’t yet rent a car. It can’t yet run for Congress. It probably shouldn’t buy a home or have kids or settle on a career path. It is young, and it is ambitious, and it is sometimes foolish, and it is still figuring things out. And that’s okay — because it has its whole life still ahead of it.