This image of 90s loveliness, bad lipstick, home counties ballgowns and cheesy posing, was the first ever image uploaded.
It’s a pic of an amateur chick group, called Les Horribles Cernettes, taken by an IT Developer who worked close to Tim Berners-Lee and the other IT Developers who invented the web and made it public in 1991.
And the reason this picture was chosen?
This from Motherboard: ” When Berners-Lee and his team cooked up a new edition of their still-primitive World Wide Web system, one that could support photo files, he went a few steps from his workstation to ask de Gennaro for a Cernettes-related image. The Web had already used a few small vector image files to show off schematics, but Berners-Lee and his team needed a guinea pig for the leap into photos.”
Up til that point the web was only used for text, and in order to test it, ” “Sex sells!” Groff, a programmer who worked closely with Berners-Lee said, said, “It’s media. You put a pretty girl in the media, people will notice the media. And whatever is around the pretty girl? Sure.”
That much hasn’t changed.
Read Motherboard for the whole story.