Regardless of who claims to have invented the Internet, it is pretty well agreed that the technology became "real" in 1990 and the World Wide Web came into being in 1991. And as we all know, over the past 22 years, the Internet has become the dominant communications and content medium all over the world. From the use of smartphones to tablets, to laptop and desktop computers, web searches, emails, and tweets touch virtually all of our lives and for some dominate our daily activities.
The folks in the Google Chrome group along with some others have come up with a beautifully designed two page graphical website that depicts the growth of the World Wide Web and the use of the Internet. It's located at: www.evolutionoftheweb.com.
The World Wide Web view shows the various programming languages, protocols, and browsers that have been used since 1991 starting from a very simple set of commands and first Netscape browser to the literal "web" of technologies that are in use today.
The Growth of the Internet page graphs the number of users on the the Internet since 1990 and the amount of data transferred per month. For those who like large numbers, this graph uses "petabytes" a lot. More than 27,000 petabytes of per month of data transfers via the Internet these days. One petabyte of data requires using over 220,000 standard sized DVDs for storage!
"The web today is a growing universe of interlinked web pages and web apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn't see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible."