20 interesting facts about the Internet

The Internet is one of the busiest place on earth. Every second, approximately 6,000 tweets are tweeted, more than 40,000 Google queries are searched and more than 3 million emails are sent via Internet. It also connected our most used devices like desktop, tablet, smartphone or even smartwatch. But, there must be many more interesting things happens on the internet. Let's find out top 20 interesting facts about the Internet-

  1. The technology behind the Internet began back in the 1960’s at MIT.
  2. The first website http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html, which contained information about this new-fangled "WorldWideWeb" project, and how you too could make a hypertext page full of wonderful hyperlinks is still online. Sadly, the original page was never saved, but you can view it after 2 years of revisions.
  3. The inventor of the modern world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
  4. The internet and the World Wide Web are not the same thing: the internet is a massive network of computers and the World Wide Web is a means of accessing and sharing information across it.
  5. Approximately 3.2 billion people use the internet. Out of this, 1.7 billion of internet users are Asians.
  6. It is estimated that approximately 200 billion emails and 3 billion Google search would have to wait if the internet goes down for a day.
  7. 30,000 websites are hacked every day. Highly effective computer software programs are used by cybercriminals to automatically detect vulnerable websites which can be hacked easily.
  8. The first spam email was sent in 1978 over ARPNET by a guy named Gary Thuerk. He was selling computers.
  9. The first YouTube video was uploaded April 23, 2005. It's called "Me at the zoo," and features Jawed Karim, one of the youtube founders, at the San Diego Zoo and the first tweet was done on 21st March, 2006 by Jack Dorsey.
  10. The first emoticon is commonly credited to Kevin Mackenzie in 1979, but was a rather simple -) and didn’t really look like a face. 3 years later, :-) was proposed by Scott Fahlman and has become the norm.
  11. First webcam was created at the University Of Cambridge to monitor the Trojan coffee pot. A live 128×128 grayscale picture of the state of the coffee pot was provided as the video feed.
  12. Before the world wide web, people traded ASCII porn on the internet during the '70s and '80s.
  13. In 2010, Finland became the first country to make internet access a legal right.
  14. A single Google query uses 1,000 computers in 0.2 seconds to retrieve an answer.
  15. 16% to 20% of the searches Geoogle gets each day have never been Googled before.
  16. "Gangnam Style" by PSY is still the most viewed videos of all time with more than 2,880,000,000 views and still growing.
  17. 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.
  18. Today, the Internet is 10,335 days old. Check HowOldIsTheInter.net to keep up to date.
  19. China has a treatment centre for internet addicts at a military hospital in Beijing.
  20. Today file sharing dominates Internet traffic with torrent files accounting for over 50% of upstream bandwidth.