There are many facts about the internet but today, we’re going to show you some of the most interesting ones. The history of the internet dates back to the 1950s with the development of electronic computers. However, the anniversary of the World Wide Web, the modern day internet, started with British computer scientists Tim Berners-Lee. The creation of this new internet drastically changed the world, revolutionizing media, dating, entertainment, and so on. With the anniversary of the internet, we thought we’d take a look back and see how far we’ve come. Interested in how the internet has grown over the years? These are 25 surprising facts about the internet you probably didn’t know.
The world’s first website still exists.
In March 1989, the first website went live. Believe it or not, it’s still in existence today and it’s looking just as barebones as it likely did back then.
One subreddit is devoted to chicken nuggets looking like other things.
Reddit is a great place to be part of a community while also keeping up to date on current events. It’s also home to a place devoted to chicken nuggets looking like other things. The internet is a beautiful thing.
The most expensive Google AdWords keyword.
Google Adword prices are always changing but in 2016, the most expensive Google AdWords keyword was “best mesothelioma lawyer” at $935 dollars. In fact, many attorney keywords were rather expensive overall.
Around 247 billion emails are sent in one day.
It’s estimated by Radicati Group that around 247 billion emails are sent every day. However, about 90% of them are SPAM and viruses. So, be careful what emails you open.
The first tweet was posted on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey
Who would have known that Twitter would explode onto the world stage, shaking up the media as we know it? Well, the very first Twitter post was on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey. He wrote, “Just setting up my twttr.” Riveting.
Wiz Khalifa, "See You Again" is the most viewed videos of all time.
With over 2.9 billion views (and counting) “See you again” passed Psy’s Gungnam Style to become the most watched YouTube video ever! The song was commissioned for the soundtrack to Furious 7 and is a tribute to Paul Walker (Brian O’Conner in the movies) who died in a car accident in 2013.
The inventor of the web was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
Considered “The Father of the Web,” Tim Berners-Lee helped design the system to better navigate the internet. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003 for his work.
300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
We all know YouTube is a massive online media site, helping bring rise to a new type of celebrity like PewDiePie. But maybe you didn’t know that 300 hours of video are uploaded to the media site every minute.
The term "Surfing the internet" was coined in 1992
Back in the day, no one really knew what the internet was or what it could do. So, writer Jean Polly wrote an article about it and coined the term “surfing the Internet.” The article was widely downloaded and popularized the term. We’re pretty sure no one says it anymore though.
Online dating generates approximately 2.2 billion dollars every year.
Finding your perfect mate is important to you which makes it big business. It was estimated in 2014 that the online dating business was worth $2.2 billion every year but it’s likely worth much more now.
10% of sex offenders use online dating.
With the popularity of online dating came the dangers lurking in every corner. It’s estimated that 10% of sex offenders use online dating to lure out their victims.
One million babies have been born from people who met on Match.com.
Match.com claimed that more than one million babies have been born from people who met from using their site.
China has treatment camps for internet addicts.
With 632 million internet users in China, many believe 23 million of them are addicted to it. So, in an effort to curb the addiction, China created boot camps to turn their children around. They consider anyone spending six hours or more a day on the internet to be addicted to it.
Internet traffic is mostly by bots and malware, not humans.
While you might assume internet traffic is mostly people going from website to website, it’s really not. In fact, most of the internet’s traffic is bots designed by engineers to do automated tasks. Unfortunately, many of them are also quite malicious.
500 milion tweets are sent ever day.
Over the years, Twitter has become a massive phenomenon with millions of users tweeting all sorts of things from news, opinions, and even what they’re eating. It’s estimated that 500 million Tweets are sent every day.
You only use a minuscule part of the internet.
Most of what people search for is located in the Surface Web, part of the internet easily accessed by search engines. It’s a sliver in comparison to the rest of the web. Everything that isn’t accessible by Google is called the Deep Web which is a much larger section. It houses confidential information like medical records and things that aren’t searchable. Then, there’s the Dark Web which is technically in the Deep Web. You can only access the Dark Web through a web browser called Tor. The Dark Web is not for the faint of heart.
30,000 websites are hacked every day.
Using sophisticated software, cybercriminals scour the web for weakly protected websites they can easily hack. It’s estimated 30,000 websites are hacked every day.
IMDb has been around since the 1990s.
IMDb started when on October 21st, 1990, founder and CEO Col Needham wrote scripts allowing people to search a list of credits on USENET. Four years later, the IMDb name was made and the rest was history.
7 million GeoCities sites were shut down in 2009
In the early days of the internet, GeoCities was one of the first places everyday people could create their own place on the web. It usually resulted in poor quality personal websites. In 2009, however, Yahoo! decided to shut down the entire operation, resulting in 7 million websites removed from the internet completely.
AOL spent $300 million to mail CD-Roms.
Back when the internet was in its infancy and everyone accessed the internet through 56k dial-up modems, AOL charged ahead, becoming one of the largest ISPs in the country. How did they do it? They mailed a ton of CD-Roms to people, offering free internet time. It cost them $300 million.
The internet reached a market audience of 50 million users in 5 years.
While the radio took 38 years and the TV took 13 years, it only took 5 years for the internet to have 50 million people as its market audience.
People still use AOL for their internet access.
Despite the dominance of broadband internet, people still pay AOL to access the internet through dial-up. As of 2013, 2.5 million people were still subscribers. Many of these people may be in areas where broadband isn’t available or they’re under the false belief they still have to pay to access their email. Whatever the reason, AOL makes a decent amount from the business, estimated at around $52 million a month.
America has been charged $400 billion for a fiber internet that never came.
In the 90s, the Clinton administration wanted everyone in America to have high-speed internet through fiber optics. The idea was to be the next superhighway project. Telecom companies all claimed they’d do it but they needed an incentive. So, the government gave them incentives in big tax write-offs and deregulation. Once the telecom companies got their tax breaks, they changed their minds and didn’t do any of it. Instead, they went for a cheaper ADSL model, which was largely inferior, and charged a ton for it. We still don’t have the fiber optics network and the tax breaks resulted in $400 billion lost.
Norway has 98% of their population on the internet.
While the U.S. has 88% of their population on the internet, Norway has 98%, coming close to the top of all countries with most of their country being connected.
YouTube’s copyright-checking software scans over 100 years of video every day.
Imagine having an office full of people scouring YouTube for copyright violations? It would take a ton of people and it wouldn’t even come close to breaking the surface. Instead, YouTube uses a sophisticated software that scans over 100 years of video every day, making sure their ecosystem isn’t abused and full of pirated material.
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