The WWW is not the Internet

Posted May 1st, 2008 by konrad

Yes, maybe I am little bit too nitpicky, but this bugs me: April 30th 1993 the World Wide Web became officially accessible for the general public and libwww became open source. Some media saw this as a reason to celebrate yesterday the 15th birthday of the WWW. Due to this “birthday” I stumbled across a common mistake more often then usually: Mixing up WWW with the Internet.

The WWW is not the Internet!

As an analogy – a car is not a highway. The WWW is one of many internet-based services like email, IRC or p2p networks. The Internet is the underlying network that is using the Internet Protocol (IP). I personally would like to see a little bit more awareness of this issue.

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