40 Untold Facts about the Internet – Season 1

40 Untold Facts about the Internet – Season 1

The Internet has grown to become a staple among many families and organizations. Despite the constantly growing numbers of the people who use it, there are only a few who learn facts about the internet.

Back in the 1960’s, the internet was a military-funded experiment that sought to connect computers to one another.

  • Interbrand invented the term “Wi-Fi” as a play on words of the term “Hi-Fi” or “High Fidelity”. However, Wi-Fi doesn’t actually stand for anything. What added to the confusion was the Wi-Fi Alliance’s use of a nonsense advertising slogan, “The Standard for Wireless Fidelity,” which lead many people to think that Wi-Fi was an abbreviation of “Wireless Fidelity”.
  • With the global average Internet speed sitting at 5.6Mbps, South Korea is storming ahead as the fastest country in the world, with an average Internet speed of 26.7Mbps!
  • Wireless Internet signals generally emit from your router in a doughnut shape. Tasty.
  • Ethernet – the most commonly used wired Internet – was invented almost half a century ago in the early 1970’s, by Bob Metcalfe.
  • In the early days of computer networking, coaxial cables were used, the same type of cabling that is commonly used for cable or satellite TV today.
  • You may have only heard it recently, but the term Internet of Things (IoT) has actually been around for almost 20 years! It was first coined in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, a British visionary and engineer
  • In 2016 there was approximately 7 billion people living on the planet, and over 23 billion devices connected to the Internet – that’s an average of 3 devices per person.
  • By 2020 it is estimated there will be over 50 billion Internet-connected devices worldwide being used by 7.8 billion people – over doubling the amount of average devices per person!
  • In 2016 over 15 billion Internet-connected devices were shipped across the globe! That’s a lot of tech!
  • Some of the strangest devices that connect to the Internet now include Walking Sticks, Umbrellas, Shirts, Water Bottles, Tails (for festival goers) and Cutlery. We’ve left the particularly odd items off this list!
  • 90% of consumers are being driven towards the connected smart home trend by better security for their homes and families.
  • There are currently around 150 million smart homes worldwide – it won’t be long before Internet-connected homes are the norm.
  • The average person now spends almost 10 hours a day online – we spend more time on the Internet that we do sleeping!
  • 5 billion Google searches are performed on the Internet each day! What are all these people searching for?!
  • China leads the way with the most Internet usage – over 650 million users, making up a 5th of the total number of people online.
  • Google is ranked as the most popular website worldwide, with YouTube coming in second and Facebook third.
  • According to Google, the internet consisted of 5 Million Terabytes of Data way back in 2010. Google itself said that they had indexed just 0.004% of all the content present on the internet. As of October 14th, 2018,  at least 4.46 billion pages exist on the internet. And that’s just huge!
  •  As of 14th October 2018, there are around 441 million Tumblr blogs on the web. 75.8 million blogs and business sites in existence are on WordPress. Moreover, more than 5 million blog posts are published every single day.
  •  95 million photos are uploaded on Instagram every day
  • The sad thing is that 70% of Instagram posts don’t get seen.
  • Internet users consumed one zettabyte bandwidth in 2016.
  • One Zettabyte is equal to a thousand Exabytes, a billion Terabytes, or trillion Gigabytes. By the year 2021, 82% of all IP traffic will be video, predicts Cisco.
  •  Nearly 4 Billion out of the 7 Billion people on earth are already online.
  • InternetLiveStats (ILS) monitors the active state of the internet, and as at October 2018, there are 4,045,421,895 users on the web. This is expected to grow even more by the year 2020.
  •  85,000+ websites are hacked every day. WordPress and Joomla are the most affected CMS (content management systems) on the Internet.
  •  5000 domain names are registered every hour. That translates the number to a whopping 120,000 Domains every single day and 43 million domain names a year. The irony? More than 75% of Domains are parked or not resolving, that’s the reason why you don’t get your desired .com domain name.
  •  Facebook boasts of a massive 2.234 Billion users.
  • Approximately 30% of the world’s population is on Facebook. The social networking site had 1.74 billion mobile active users in Q3 2018.
  • Statistics suggest that around 50% of Internet users are on Facebook.
  • The first ever email was sent in 1971. The email was sent by Ray Tomlinson (US programmer) who invented the email system. The “@” symbol was used to signify that the email was sent to a person and not a dumb machine (computer). The worst part to it is that he doesn’t remember the exact message he sent back then.

  •  250 Billion Emails are sent out daily. No, these shocking numbers aren’t triggered by humans. The surprising fact is that 81% of all emails are spam which is sent using automated means. That’s a whopping 200 billion spam emails every day.
  • The first spam email was sent back in 1978, it was an advertisement for a presentation by Digital Equipment Corporation for DEC System 2020. The email contained 600 recipients, and none of them were happy to receive it.
  •  The world’s first website is still online. The first website created was info.cern.ch, and it is still online. It’s a basic HTML site, and the page contains a few lines of text. The page was written with the help of the first version of HTML.
  •  Twitter was earlier known as Twttr. Twitter was first described as SMS-based social networking and, therefore, has a character limit of 140 (It currently has a 280 character limit). The first tweet was by Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006. The tweet read “just setting up my twttr.” The site has evolved a lot in recent years and now has more than 335 million active users who send out 500 million tweets every single day.
  •  Garfield the cartoon once offered its own Email service – GMail.com which was later acquired by Google.
  •  400 Hours of video contents are uploaded on YouTube Every Minute.
  • By the time you reached this paragraph, 1600+ hours of video content have been uploaded to YouTube. The massive video sharing site serves more than 1 Billion people every month, and an average internet user spends 4 hours every month on YouTube. Google has taken massive steps to protect copyrights of individuals by scanning over 100 years of video contents every day using complex software.
  • There are 4.9 Million apps on Google Play and Apple App Store combined. In 2016, Google Play Store received over 75 Billion Downloads, while the app store recorded 25 Billion downloads.
  •  Around 80% of the images on the internet are of naked women. The internet is pretty much attracted to naked ladies and explicit materials.
  • 51% of all internets’ traffic is Fake. Humans make up 49% of the entire traffic; various bots and spamming software trigger the rest. No doubt, we would have faster connectivity if they weren’t leeching on bandwidth.
  • The Internet took just four years to reach its first 50 Million Users. Television took 13 years while the radio took 38 years to reach the same number of users. That’s cool!
  •  7 People control the whole internet. Yes, you heard it right. There are seven people assigned to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) who hold seven different keys. In the case of a Catastrophe, these seven people can meet again and restore the state of the Internet. There are seven copies of the original key, in case if one of them gets misplaced or if something goes wrong.

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