The World Wide Web was conceived on March 12, 1989 by computing legend Tim Berners-Lee.

Is that a dial-up modem ringing in your ears, or are you just looking at today’s Google Doodle? It might be both, because March 12 marks a special moment in the history of the internet — the birthday of the World Wide Web.

The series of tubes we know and love as the web is now a sprightly 30 years old. The www you see in your browser’s address bar when you access a URL, a.k.a. the web, a.k.a. what helps keep you tethered to your screens, is barely a millennial; indeed, the web is 18 years younger than email, and two years younger than the GIF.

Wondering what the difference is between the world wide web and the internet? Rethinking your ability to explain what the web actually is? Strap in, because the answers are fun…

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