Web inventor's biggest surprise about the Internet? 'Kittens'

Tim Berners-Lee, one of the most clairvoyant technologists ever, never imagined the Internet would go ga-ga over felines. Can you blame him?

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Chalk it up to deliciously dry Brit humor or perhaps he really couldn't imagine all of the ways people would come to use the Internet -- hey, the guy is human -- but World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee caught his interlocutors off guard Wednesday during a session on Reddit with this exchange.

"What was one of the things you never thought the Internet would be used for, but has actually become one of the main reasons people use the Internet?" a questioner wrote.

"Kittens," came back the one-word reply.

For a more substantive look at what he thinks of the Web and its development, check out CNET's Q&A with Berners-Lee from Tuesday.

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Charles Cooper was an executive editor at CNET News. He has covered technology and business for more than 25 years, working at CBSNews.com, the Associated Press, Computer & Software News, Computer Shopper, PC Week, and ZDNet.


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