His surprise, however, might be because he's more of a dog person: He admitted to never posting cat pics online, but says he has posted photos of his pup.
The computer scientist also deployed some of that dry British humor when asked if he ever imagined that the Web would become as big of a success as it is today.
“Yes, I more or less had it nailed down when it comes to the growth curve," he wrote. "I didn't get it completely right --- 25 years ago I was predicting I'd be asked to do an AMA on Reddit next week, but it turned out to be this week. Well, we all make mistakes.”
For the far more serious concerns regarding the future of online safety in the age of massive data collection and surveillance programs, Berners-Lee said it’s up to the public to protect their Web.
“It is up to us. It is an artificial creation, as are our laws, and our constitutions," he said, adding later, "[W]e can chose how they work. We can make new ones. Our choice."
While working at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Berners-Lee in 1989 presented a plan to his colleagues that suggested creating a hypertext system to store all of the organization's information in a location accessible from any computer. That proposal grew into what we all have come to know and love as the online kitty mecca, more properly termed the "World Wide Web."
The Internet sensation is in town this weekend for South by Southwest, setting up shop at the Mashable House, 305 E. Fifth St. in downtown Austin.
Fans can stop by and get a photo Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
When Bryan Bundesen first posted a photo of Grumpy Cat on Reddit and a video on YouTube back in 2012, he says he never could have imagined the worldwide attention that ensued, including a possible movie deal.
“It’s grown insanely popular,” Bundesen said. “Everyone seems to love Grumpy Cat.”
These days, he’s quit his job working for Time Warner Cable and spends his time traveling the country showing off his furry friend.
Bundesen said this weekend’s trip marks the third time Grumpy Cat has visited Austin, a city he says he – and Grumpy Cat – adore.
“Austin is weird … in a good way,” he said. “Everyone is so friendly here.”
While in town, Grumpy Cat delivered 25,000 meals of Friskies brand Seafood Sensations shrimp-flavored cat food to the Friends of the Austin Animal Center. Up to 25,000 additional meals will be donated, based upon how many times people use the #HolyShrimp hashtag during SXSW.