The unlikely photo that kickstarted the social web
Although this photo of the Cernettes is commonly called “the first photograph uploaded to the internet” that’s not completely accurate. For starters, the internet existed before the web. And as the web was built for physicists to share data, that data often included scientific images. There were loads of images already on the web long before the Cernettes’ photograph made its way there. But the photo of the four women is the first non-technical picture uploaded to the web. The first picture that was simply a photo for fun, not work. “It was the photo that opened the web to life,” says Silvano.
It was the size of a stamp and took about one minute to load on your screen