Re: The official WWW Hand Gesture

Brian Smithson (
Fri, 7 May 93 11:17:02 PDT

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As for WorldWideWeb, it sounds like it matches similar
criteria. It is based on W (middle three fingers only
up, palm away from you). I don't know what "3" is.
(Three fingers together?)
Maybe to distinguish "WorldWideWeb" from "W" it has to be
be modified a bit -- perhaps the three fingers of one
hand (W) meeting the three fingers of the other hand (3)
reminicent of Internet, connection, wire. If something
suggesting "knowlegde" and/or sharing could be snuck in
there then that would be all the better. Is the sign for
"W" backwards (palm toward you) already taken?

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How about this:

- You hold your middle three fingers ("W" and "3") out with palm facing
down (information source).

- Another person holds middle three fingers out with palm facing up
(information need).

- Both people meet and interlace the fingers ("web").

- Each person holds their other hand out similarly, but with the palm facing
in the opposite direction

- Seek out other people with which to randomly interconnect.

- Repeat until it's world-wide. :-)

-Brian Smithson