While people today often use the terms internet and world wide web interchangeably, they actually refer to quite different things.
The internet refers to the actual network of connected computing devices. Although the internet was around in the 1980s, there was not an intuitive way for most people to browse the internet. The internet just sent messages produced by one computer and presented them to another computer.
Engagement with the internet changed in 1989 when Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web. The world wide web is a collection of interlinked websites and other web resources. The world wide web, in combination with the rise of web browsers in the 1990s, introduced a user-friendly interface that enabled users to browse multimedia content and interact with other users.
The invention of the world wide web led to the use of the internet in wider society through the 1990s and the creation of a variety of websites that are still in use today.
The diagram to the right demonstrates how different pages on the World Wide Web are linked to one another. Move to the next exercise when you are ready to continue.