It’s been almost 25 years since the launch of the World Wide Web. Since then, the growth of the internet has been truly explosive and magnificent. The internet is such an integral part of our lives and popular culture and grown so much over the last decade and a half that many of us forget that it is still a recent phenomenon.
Here are some of the most amazing facts about internet that will fascinate you and leave you asking for more. So get ready to immerse yourself completely into the incredible and somewhat bizarre world of the Internet!
Fact #1: There are 15 billion electronic devices connected to the internet!
Considering that the world’s population is only a little over 6 billion, it is just amazing that there are 15 billion electronic devices out there that are connected to the internet. To power so many devices requires 50 million horsepower worth electrical power – which is simply unbelievable. These devices include smartphones, tablets, servers, desktops, wireless routers, wifi hotspots, GPS units, smartwatches, refrigerators, home security systems and more. Expect number to grow to 40 billion gadgets by 2020.
Fact #2: The data size of the internet is 5 million Terabytes
Well, this information is slightly outdated, because it was in 2010 that Google estimated that the data size of the internet is 5 million Terabytes. 5 years is a long time, and we expect this number to have grown significantly since then. Much of the data on the internet – over 61% – comes from videos.
Fact #3: Google claims to have scanned just 0.004% of the World Wide Web
Can you believe that? Google is the world’s most powerful internet company and the biggest search engine, which also has the largest index out there – but even Google has scanned just 0.004% of the World Wide Web. This just goes to show how large the internet truly is.
Fact #4: There are over 637 million websites on the internet
Amazing, isn’t it – there are 637 million websites on the internet and 250 million of them are blogs. 74.6 million of these blogs are hosted on WordPress, which is the world’s most popular CMS. And here’s another amazing fact – do you know how many people work at WordPress? Just 229!!
Fact #5: It takes 8 billion electrons to write a single email!
Isn’t that amazing – a simple 50 kilobyte email message uses 8 billion electrons. But funnily enough, all of these electrons weigh only a quadrillionth of an ounce – which means next to nothing!
Fact #6: Over 50% of the people who use the internet are on Facebook
Now, this just goes to show just how powerful Mark Zuckerberg’s company has become. There are 2.94 billion people around the world who use the internet and an incredible 1.49 billion of them are on Facebook! No surprises then that Facebook has a market cap of $263 billion and its 31-year old founder-CEO (Zuckerberg, of course) is worth over $30 billion.
Fact #7: The first email ever was sent in 1971
You may have never heard of the person who created the first email – it was an American programmer by the name of Ray Tomilinson. He sent the first email in 1971. It was Tomilinson who first used the “@” to send the email. “@” was to signify that the message was sent to an actual person and not to a machine.
Fact #8: The first Webcam was used in Cambridge University in 1993
Yes, it’s been a while since the first webcam was invented. Why do you think it was invented for? Not to communicate over Skype or Facebook – there was no Skype or Facebook then – but to help the researchers to keep an eye on a coffee pot! Hilarious!
Fact #9: People spend 10% of their lives on the social media!
Well, you will have guessed that – people who are active on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram spend 10% of their entire lives on them. An average surfing session for most people lasts 51 minutes, and most have at least 2 or 3 surfing sessions a day.
Fact #10: 72 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube every minute!
Everybody knows how popular YouTube is, but how popular exactly? Well, every 60 seconds, 72 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube. Most of the stuff is so boring that nobody really cares. But there are some videos – unique as well as bizarre – that go viral for no apparent reason and are seen by tens of millions.
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