In April 1995, the World Wide Web may have consisted of some 15.000 servers with 5 to 10 million documents.
For tech reporters it was easy to do research on the foundation of the web – the people interested in this field met at small conferences with some hundred participants to discuss, for example, the upcoming “crawler” and “spider” technologies.
On the third World Wide Web conference (WWW3) in Darmstadt with around 1000 attendees it was still possible to just step up to creator Tim Berners-Lee and chat with him about the basics of his concept.
Some 17 years later (while moving house) I discovered this piece of paper. TBL plotted the exponential growth of the Web on it (on a logarithmic scale) – as far as I remember, to show me that this exponential growth started long before the browser Mosaic hit the web.
I asked TBL how he felt about the just beginning huge success of his idea.
Answer: “You can write: I am happy that it worked.”