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Published March 12, 2014, 06:16 PM

Happy Birthday, Internet: The World Wide Web turns 25

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today we say Happy 25th Birthday to an invention that's made life a lot easier and a lot more interesting. The World Wide Web was born on March 12th, 1989.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today we say Happy 25th Birthday to an invention that's made life a lot easier and a lot more interesting. The World Wide Web was born on March 12th, 1989.

Nowadays, it's hard to imagine something you can't find on the world wide web. Better yet, a time before it ever existed.

The World Wide Web turns 25 today.

Brian Crommett - 701 Communications Sales & Service Manager: "Explosive"

Emily Adcock - MSUM Student: "I remember a time when the internet was different"

Brian Crommett: "I don't think that there was such a thing as the internet when I was still in high school"

Brock Riskey - MSUM Student: "I would just be using my book and not an iPad, two phones, and laptops."

Netscape...

Emily Adcock: "I don't even know what that is"

Brock Riskey: "Dial-up, hearing the static. It was slow"

Brian Crommett: "it was a slow painful discovery of what the internet could do."

Faster, faster and faster - With more speed came a more human element...Email and mass communication.

Brock Riskey: "Very social"

Emily Adcock: "AOL, MSN, I was really into that stuff."

With websites, even WDAY's, that changed dramatically...

Brian Crommett: "It's not even the same thing anymore."

Now with such speed capabilities you can download music, stream movies - even do a stand-up for the news. Just sit back and let the web do all the work....Are we done here yet?

Brian Crommett: "People are watching more and more stuff online and listening to music and stuff which couldn't even happen when it first started."

So according to the web, once you're over the hill, you can only pick up more speed.

Brian Crommett: "What that actually is going to look like 25 years from now, I can't even imagine."

In 2013, 2.7 billion people worldwide were connected to the Internet.

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