The origins of the internet date back to the 1960s and its original purpose was to build communication via computer networks. Since then it has evolved into its own universe complete with locations, celebrities, and even gods.
Here are 42 interconnected facts about the internet.
42. Tapped In
China has addiction camps for the sole purpose of treating those addicted to browsing the internet. Don’t act like you’ve never gone down a rabbit hole.
30,000 websites are hacked every day. While most of these hackers play simple pranks like hiding a joke on the website or rearranging menu items, some have very malicious intentions like stealing user data or credit card numbers. Make sure your antivirus is up to date!
There’s high speed internet service on the way up to Mount Everest. This is so climbers can get constant updates on weather conditions. Now you don’t have to wait until you get back from the peak to make that killer selfie your profile pic.
39. Ghost In The Machine
The majority of internet traffic isn’t generated by humans, but by bots like Google, and malware. That’s why websites always have those “I’m not a robot” boxes to check off.
Hi ! I am not a robot
38. It’s Not Yu, It’s Me
When Montenegro became independent from the former Yugoslavia, their internet domain went from .yu to .me. That’s just cute.
37. The What?
15% of American adults do not use the internet. No apps, no Netflix, no email, no Angrybirds, no nothing. Oh well, their loss.
These ones do!
One in ten Americans think that HTML, the programming language used to build web pages, is a sexually transmitted disease. We’re doing our part by spreading the word, so you’re welcome.
35. Necessity breeds innovation
The first webcam was created in Cambridge to check the status of a coffee pot, located near a computer lab. Anyone on the network could check to see if the pot had coffee before they went to grab a cup. The webcam was retired in 2001 after gaining some internet notoriety.
34. Under A bridge
Psychologists examined Internet trolls and found that they are “narcissistic, psychopathic, and sadistic.” It’s all starting to make sense now.
33. Last Place
The Philippines has the slowest Internet speed in the entire Southeast Asian region with an average download speed of 3.54 Mbps. That doesn’t even sound that slow until you realize that South Korea is downloading at 26 Mbps, nearly four times the world average of 7 Mbps.
32. Inside Job
The UK’s internet porn filter architect was arrested on child porn offences in 2014. It’s always the most righteous individuals who have the most to hide.
China has more people using the internet through mobile devices than on PCs. It makes sense as mobile devices are now just small, touch screen laptops.
30. You’ve Got Mail
Approximately 204 million emails are sent every minute and over 70% of them are spam. This must mean that some spam is working. Please do your part and tell your grand parents that they’re not getting emails from real Nigerian princes.
It is estimated that approximately 200 billion emails and 3 billion Google searches would have to wait if the internet goes down for a day.
No Internet ?
“Gangnam Style” by PSY was the most viewed videos of all time with more than 2,840,000,000 views. It has recently been beaten by the song Despacito by Luis Fonsi which boats an astounding 3.48 billion views and counting. That’s the equivalent of almost half of the world’s population having watched that video.
27. Virgin Territory
The first tweet was done on 21st March, 2006 by Jack Dorsey. The first YouTube video to be uploaded was “Meet At Zoo” at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2005, by Jawed Karim. Thanks for leading the charge, fellas!
The actual first tweet!
You’ve heard the term ‘surfing’ on the internet, right? Well, it originated in 1992, courtesy of a New York librarian whose name was Jean Armour Polly. Even now, the term is used quite often, but other words such as ‘browsing’ have also become a popular addition.
The world’s first website is still alive and kicking. It does not come close to being glamorous because all that’s present is text and hyperlinks but the fact that it is still running is pretty cool.
24. How Old?
The internet is now 10,000+ days old. If you want to keep an exact track of the counter, you can always visit howoldistheinter.net and appreciate that for that long you have access to free information anywhere and everywhere.
23. Internet Nobility
The modern World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Berners-Lee wearing the blue tie.
It is expected that around 40 billion gadgets are going to be connected to the internet by 2020.
21. Swipe Right!
Online dating originally had a negative stigma associated with it. Clearly that has changed because according to the latest statistics, online dating services generate approximately $1 billion dollars every year and it’s estimated that about 19% of the world’s couples met because of the internet.
20. Deep Down
The pages that you search for are just a minuscule percentage of the internet and is often referred to as the ‘Surface Web’. The remaining part is called ‘Deep Web’ and it is much larger than the Surface Web. You cannot even use a regular browser like Google Chrome or Firefox to access the deep web and will need something that people know as ‘Tor’ to access the ‘Deep Web’. Be careful though, as there is a lot of strange stuff lingering there.
19. Finnish Line
In 2010, Finland became the first country to make the internet access a legal right.
Nearly half of all Internet users have Facebook accounts. That’s over a billion profile pictures, and even more status updates!
Every minute, there are 72 hours of video content uploaded to YouTube. Imagine all the storage required to house all of the data.
It took the Internet a mere three years to reach 50 million users. The television took 13 years and the radio managed to achieve the same goal in 18 years.
China leads the world in terms of the total number of Internet users with over 630 million people. Norway, however, has the highest percentage of its population using the Internet at 95.05 percent.
With satellite networks, there is no part of the world that is not connected to the internet, though governments of some regions have imposed strict regulations over its use. Maybe do less of that, governments.
13. Key Holders
A group of 14 people (equally divided into two groups) meet four times a year as part of the “Key Ceremony.” These 14 people belong to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and are the ones who actually control the way we navigate the Internet. The organization is responsible for assigning numerical ID’s to websites and computers, and then translating the ID’s into the normal web addresses that people type into their browsers. Sounds like a conspiracy (it’s not though).
Not the actual ceremony
The technology behind the Internet was pioneered in the 1960’s at MIT. The first message ever to be transmitted was “LOG”. The user had attempted to type LOGIN, but the network crashed after the “enormous” load of data that the letter G used.
Although the MP3 standard was invented in 1991, it wouldn’t be until 1998 that the first music file-sharing service, Napster, would go live and the file format to the main stream. Napster changed the way that most people saw the Internet by showing the masses that this new network could provide the world with unprecedented access to just about anything. Of course, this created a huge
Approximately 3.2 billion people use the internet. 1.7 billion of the users are Asians.
9. I’l take it
The most expensive keyword for Google AdWords is “insurance.”
8. Too Big To Fail
Google estimates that the Internet today contains about 5 million terabytes of data (1TB = 1,000GB), and claims it has only indexed a paltry 0.04% of it all!
According to legend, Amazon became the number one shopping site because in the days before the invention of the search giant Google, Yahoo would list the sites in their directory alphabetically!
6. Virgin Territory Part II
The very first spam email was sent in 1978, when DEC released a new computer and operating system, and an innovative DEC marketeer decided to send a mass email to 600 users and administrators of the ARPANET (the precursor of the Internet). The poor sap who had typed it all in didn’t quite understand the system, and ended up typing the addresses first into the SUBJECT:, which then overflowed into the TO: field, the CC: field, and finally the email body too! The reaction of the recipients was much the same fury as users today. It wasn’t until later though that the term “spam” would be born.
5. Python Influenced
So where does the word spam come from? Some think it back to the Multi User Dungeons (MUD) of the 1980’s – primitive multiplayer adventure games where players explored and performed actions using text only. One new user felt the MUD community and experience was particularly boring, and programmed a keyboard macro to type the words SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM repeatedly every few seconds, presumably imitating the famous Monty Python sketch about spam-loving Vikings.
Internet terrorism is a very real threat. In February 2008, 5 deep-sea cables that provided Internet connectivity to the Middle East were cut. Curiously, US-occupied Iraq and Israel were unaffected.
3. Liberate The Internet
The most common form of “cyber terrorism” is a DDOS, or Distributed Denial of Service attack, whereby hundreds if not thousands of systems around the world simultaneously and repeatedly connect to a website or network in order to tie up the server resources, often sending it crashing offline. The hacking group Anonymous released a tool this year that users could download and set on autopilot to receive attack commands from a remote command source. Similar DDOS attacks are often performed by the use of malware installed on users computers without their knowledge.
The first ever banner ad invaded the Internet in 1994. The ad was part of AT&Ts “you will” campaign, and was placed on the HotWired homepage.
At any second of the day, worldwide, almost as much as 30,000,000 unique visitors are viewing porn. So every time you view pornography, it’s likely that 30,000,000 other people are also viewing pornography.
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