Happy Birthday, Internet! We Would Like to Thank You For…

Some of the greatest (and worst) things the Internet has brought us.

  • Wired pointed us to the fact that on this day in 1991, “the world wide web became publicly available for the first time.” Father of the Internet Tim Berners-Lee posted an introductory post to the alt.hypertext Usenet group on August 7, 1991, and all at once another world was born: one where we’d be able to see each other’s faces without being near them and join with like-minded people to geek out about shit and–of course–watch lots and lots of free porn.

    In the 21 years since the web’s first public introduction, we have learned a lot about GIFs (hard G, IDGAF), site design (RIP blink tag) and predators. It’s been a whirlwind couple of decades!

    Now, come: Venture with Betabeat into a gallery of some of the things we would like to thank the Internet for spearheading. Clickity click.

  • For maximal K hole experiences

  • Purr.

  • To celebrate our lord and savior, Nicolas Cage.

  • We will never look at Aladdin the same way again.

  • Haters gon' hate.

  • Her nail game is BEYOND.

  • *hooves you a cookie*

  • A Betabeat staple.

  • I don't even know

  • A real treat for the agoraphobes among us.

  • On OkCupid and its ilk.

  • Treat yo' self.

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