Internet - a place where everything has been brought into being and the world permits you to step into to find answers for all your queries. Most of us can not imagine life without access to the internet for reasons ranging from social networking to collecting information. But, not all of us know about these interesting facts about the internet and its usage. So, let's have a quick look at some of the Interesting Facts about Internet:
25 Interesting Facts about Internet that You don’t Know
1) The first website was dedicated to information about the World Wide Web and went live on August 6, 1991. Here's the url: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html
This website is still up and running.
2) By the end of 1993, there were only 623 websites on the World Wide Web.
3) According to Internet Live Stats, there are over 860 million websites on the Internet as of 2015. (But it must be noted that around 75% of websites today are not active, but parked domains or similar).
4) If the Internet went down for a day, 196 billion emails and 3 billion Google searches would have to wait.
5) There are 7 people in the world who hold the “key to the internet,” able to reboot an integral part of the system if in a catastrophic situation it gets shut down.
6) The majority of internet traffic is not generated by humans, but by bots and malware. According to a recent study conducted by Incapsula, 61.5% or nearly two-thirds of all the website traffic is caused by Internet bots. While there are good bots such as search engines and analytical tools, the bad bots like the spam account for considerable traffic.
7) Your search engine results are just the tip of an iceberg - called the "Surface Web". The actual secret unindexed websites that require special browsers and that are accessible only to a select few are called the "Deep Web", and is at least 500 times larger.
8) It took Internet a mere 3 years to reach 50 million users. The television took 13 years and the radio about 18 years.
9) The internet requires about 50 Million horsepower to keep running in the current state. In 2005, broadband internet had a maximum speed of 2 Mbps. But today, 100 Mbps download speeds are available in many parts of the country. But experts warn that science has reached its limit and fiber optics can take no more data.
10) NASA’s Internet Connection is 13,000 times faster than the average U.S. user @ 91 Gigabits per second.
11) A single Google query uses 1,000 computers in 0.2 seconds to retrieve an answer.
12) Everyday, Google processes 16 to 20 percent of new searches
13) Around 90% of the emails sent around the world daily are spam.
14) 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. This organisation is responsible for assigning numerical internet addresses to websites and computers and translating them into the normal web addresses that we type into our browsers.
15) Over 100,000 new dot com (.com) domains are registered on the Internet everyday.
16) The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey:
"just setting up my twttr"
18) The first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson addressed to himself. He doesn’t remember what the mail said.
19) The first spam email was sent in 1978 over ARPNET by a guy named Gary Thuerk. He was selling computers.
20) The first thing ever bought and sold across the Internet was a bag of marijuana around 1971.
21) The first registered domain was symbolics.com.
22) This is what Google looked like in 1998:
23) This is what Facebook looked like in 2005 (Previously known as AboutFace):