Monday, March 4, 2013

The first uploaded photo on the web

Just ponderin, we all upload pictures on various social media platform like Facebook, Instagram etcetera. Someone actually made it possible...

What was the first photo uploaded to the Web? Well, the story involves an all-girl singing group -  Les Horribles Cernettes and a cross-dressing Tim Berners-Lee. Les Horribles Cernettes was an all-girl comedy band of administrative assistants and girlfriends of people who worked at CERN.

The man who took the photograph was Silvano de Gennaro. He was an IT developer at CERN. He snapped the picture on July 18, 1992, with his Canon EOS 650, just before a show.

Now you know the first photo to be uploaded on the web (as shown above) and the photographer. But who is Tim Berners-Lee?.

Continue reading...

Tim Berners-Lee is a graduate of Oxford University, he invented the World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing while at CERN, the European Particle Physics Laboratory, in 1989. He wrote the first web client and server in 1990. His specifications of URIs, HTTP and HTML were refined as Web technology spread.

In 1992, a picture of the parody band Les Horribles Cernettes, that was digitally altered in Photoshop, earned the distinction of becoming the first Web photo upload.So who are these ladies pictured in the image? The group of ladies were lab employees who worked for CERN, a research laboratory in Geneva where major discoveries have been made, including the project that started the World Wide Web, created by British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee.

Berners-Lee was looking to test a Web system that could support photos and asked IT developer Silvano de Gennaro to provide an image. De Gennaro chose an edited image of the ladies of Les Horribles Cernettes, whose nerdy song lyrics included the words "you say you love me but you never beep me." Part of the reason the upload was so revolutionary was because the Internet was previously seen as a place for conducting serious business, not having fun.

De Gennaro, who snapped the picture of the ladies for their next CD cover, never could have imagined the place it would have in history. "I didn't know what the Web was," he said later. "When history happens, you don't know that you're in it."

July 18 , 2013 will mark the photo upload's 21st anniversary.

Meaning of CERN:
Pronounced sern. Short for Conseil Europeen pour le Recherche Nucleaire (European Laboratory for Particle Physics), a research laboratory headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, and funded by many different countries. While most work deals with nuclear physics, the CERN is known for Tim Berners-Lee's pioneering work in developing the World Wide Web portion of the Internet.

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