With each passing day, there are millions upon millions of images being uploaded to the internet. Over 200 million of which are added just to Facebook alone. Presumably, these images are mainly what drive our interest in the online world; lets face it – without them, the web would be a very dull place. But have you ever wondered what the very first image uploaded to the internet was? If you have, look no further, because the tech site “Motherboard” has provided the answer for you.
Back in 1992, a photo of the parody band, “Les Horribles Cernettes” earned the honor of being the very first image uploaded to the web. The ladies in the picture are employees at CERN, a research lab in Geneva responsible for some major discoveries and innovations. One of these projects kickstarted the beginning of the World Wide Web. This project was headed by scientist, Tim Berners-Lee.
Berners-Lee was simply testing a Web system that could support photos when he asked IT developer, Silvano de Gennaro to provide a test image file. While the image itself had no significance at the time, the reason the upload was so revolutionary was because the internet, at that time, was used strictly for business and managing information. It was never a place to seek entertainment.
De Gennaro, who was responsible for taking the picture surely never realized the historical significance of the content he had produced.
At the time, Silvano said he had “no idea what the web was”. It is an intense feeling to know that such a small accomplishment achieved today, can have such an enormous impact on the world in the future.