On this date in 1969, the first RFC, or Request For Comments, document was published. The RFC in question contained many of the first protocols and guidelines for how the Internet would eventually operate, and so some people consider today the birthday of the Internet. (January 1, 1983, when the National Science Foundation‘s backbone became operational, is also a contender).
In honor of this occasion, I present a list of the ten things for which I’m most grateful about the Internet, today. In no particular order:
- Email with my friends, family and loved_ones.
- Reading newspapers without buying them on paper
- Ordering books online
- Watching user-created videos that give me hope for the future
- conferencing with colleagues and friends via instant messaging services
- searching Google and other resources for visual imagery to enliven my teaching
- collaborating on writing projects with a world-wide team of freelancers
- getting reliable directions to the places I’m going
- editing and annotating photographs
What’s on your Internet? This is a Request for Comments. Wish the Internet a happy birthday, link to the place where you first saw it, and report the ten things you most value about this Marvel of the World.