1992: The first photograph on the internet
Innovation: The first photograph on the internet
By: CERN, Tim Berners-Lee
The first photograph on the web was uploaded by Tim Berners-Lee in 1992, a few years after he helped create the world wide web. The photograph was of ‘Les Horribles Cernettes”, a parody music group made of of secretaries or girlfriends of CERN scientists. Although the first photograph posted online was intended to be humourous, the impact of online pictures has been immense. In addition to the wealth of information that the world wide web gave to people, the ability to browse pictures allowed for anybody to see anything in the world. Sights that required travel or physical photographs to see, could now be experience from any computer. This technology is still transforming our society. What started a picture has led to specialized softwares and sited dedicated to hosting images and has evolved to include videos. We can now access any video or image almost instantly. This complements the information that can be transferred over the web for any job or application.