Internet technology has changed our world in great ways. It has redefined the way people share information, how businesses market and deliver their products to consumers, and, of course, how news agencies report everyday happenings to the world. In a nutshell, Internet technology has turned the world into a global village. But internet technology, as we know it today, didn’t just happen. Rather, it has always been a work in progress. Do you know, for instance, the technology behind today’s Internet began way back in 1960 at MIT? This article presents 8 amazing facts about internet technology. Number 8 is mind boggling. Read on.
1. ARPANET was the first workable internet
Though many scientists had attempted to interconnect computers before, it is ARPANET that actually paved the way for today’s internet structure. ARPANET was made a reality in 1969 when scientists interconnected computers in four Universities and subsequently used the network to communicate and share resources.
2. The Internet isn’t the same as World Wide Web
While the internet refers to a networking infrastructure- a massive interlink of many networks- World Wide Web simply refers to how users actually access and share the information availed on the internet. World Wide Web uses browsers to access the information.
3. The very first email was composed and sent in 1971
Ray Tomlinson composed the first ever email and sent the email to himself. Ray Tomlinson was certainly oblivious of the magnitude of the invention that he didn’t compose a meaningful message for the email.
4. The first spam email was sent out in 1978
With the use of email gaining steam, Gary Thuerk invented email spams by sending unsolicited bulk e-mails to 393 recipients. The message was simply a marketing gig informing recipients that the organization had new computer models up for sale.
5. Conficker virus cost businesses and government agencies in excess $9 billion in damages.
While the internet has brought major positive changes in the world, malicious people have also leveraged on its power to create and distribute malicious codes that have ended costing individuals, businesses, and governments billions of dollars. One of such codes is the Conficker worm that was released in 2007 and infected millions of computers running on Microsoft servers. The infection was so devastating that French fighter planes had to be grounded.
6. 73 percent of internet users come from only 20 countries.
Yet another startling fact about internet technology is that a massive 73 percent of the internet are from 20 countries alone according to studies Miniwatt Marketing Group. China remains the largest consumer with over 600 million internet users followed closely by Brazil.
7. The first website ever published went online on August 6, 1991.
The first ever website was published by physicist Tim Berners-Lee in 1991 and simply expounded on a WWW project. The URL of the website was http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html and contained two pages where visitors could familiarize with concepts such as creating web pages, hypertext and even guides on how to search for information on the internet.
8. A third of the searches done on the internet are on adult content.
According to a 2011 study by Forbes.com, 13 percent of searches done on the web were on erotic content. This does not mention that at least a half of the top websites feature images of nude women. Clearly, adult content is big business all thanks to the internet.
The Internet has morphed into a vital component of our everyday life. For a curious mind, the world of internet is one filled with mysteries and great inventions. Above are some refreshing facts about the internet and its influence on our way of life.