Be it’s getting information, booking ticket or running a digital business, the life without internet is difficult to imagine this century.
Since the launch of the World Wide Web before 30 years, the growth of the internet has been truly rapid and magnificent. The internet is such an integral part of our lives and popular culture that has grown so much over the last decade that many of us forget that it’s still a recent sensation.
Though, there are indeed some shocking yet interesting facts about this revolving internet that you probably should know.
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 22 billion electronic devices connected to the internet!
Considering that the world’s population is only a little over 7 billion, it is just amazing that there are 22 billion electronic devices connected to the internet by the year 2018.
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 50 billion gadgets by 2030.
Fact #2: 90% of the data has been created in last 2 years
Every Single minute, data has been created by the people around the world and has been placed on the internet. And, only over past 2 years, 90% of the data is generated by the world on internet, That’s really mind-boggling!!!
According to IDC, a market intelligence company, the number of data created in 2018 reached 18 zettabytes. By 2025, it’s estimated that 175 zettabytes of data are going to be created each day globally and that’s the equivalent of 1.8 billion years to download them!
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.
The former CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt, has estimated that it consists of roughly five million terabytes of data on internet and they have indexed about 200 terabytes of it only!
Now you can just imagine how large the internet truly is.
Fact #4: There are over 1.7 billion registered websites on the internet
Amazing, isn’t it – there are 1.7 billion websites on the internet and 2 billion of them are blogs where some of them are hosted on WordPress, which is the world’s most popular CMS.
However, only 200 million websites are active among this number. And here’s another amazing fact – do you know how many people work at WordPress? Just 873!!
Fact #5: It takes 8 billion electrons to write a single email!
Let’s think of some science in it. A simple 50 kilobyte email message uses 8 billion electrons and thousands of emails are being sent each day, each minute. So, for sure, there are lot of electrons dancing around the digital world.
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
This is just a reflection of how powerful Mark Zuckerberg’s company has become over time. There are 2.94 billion people around the world who use the internet and an incredible 1.49 billion of them are active on Facebook!
Every minute, billions posts are shared, comments are done and its like button is clicked 13 trillion times!
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.
Though, the email was sent from one computer to another computer right beside it in Cambridge, but it traveled via ARPANET, a network of computers that was the precursor to the Internet.
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.
There are almost 300 million new social media users start using each year. Of Course, the number will increse by time. So this is just a small compared to future!
Fact #10: 300 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube every minute!
Everybody knows how popular YouTube is, but how popular exactly? Well, every 60 seconds, 300 hours of videos are uploaded on YouTube. Furthermore, almost 5 billion videos are watched every single day!
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.
So, here is our list of incredible facts of internet. After all, if you’re a part of technology world, you should be aware of the facts of internet to not be left behind the world!
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