Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Where is the Internet?

The Internet is everywhere. It's a network linking millions of computers all over the world. With a computer, the right software and a phone connection, anyone anywhere in the world can set up a website for anyone else to look at.

There's no one in charge of the Internet and since there's no limit to the number of computers that can be linked, there's no limit to the amount of information that can be held on it.

Four Incredible Internet Facts 
  1. The first message sent between computers was "lo". The sender was trying to write "login" but the system crashed before he finished typing.
  2. New websites are added to the World Wide Web so rapidly that it is impossible for anyone to say how big it is.
  3. The name "Google" is a play on the word "googol" which is the name for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.
  4. A wiki is a website that allows anyone to add to or change its content. The word "wiki" comes from a Hawaiian word for "quick".
Rapid growth (year - number of Internet users)

Year         number of Internet users

1982          200
1991          600,000
1995          45,000,000
1999          150,000,000
2008          1,500,000,000
2010          2,000,000,000
2012          2,600,000,000
2014          3,000,000,000

Top ten Internet nations (2014)

       Country                   Internet Users

  1. China                   641,601,070
  2. United States       279,834,232
  3. India                    243,198,922
  4. Japan                   109,252,912
  5. Brazil                  107,822,831
  6. Russia                  84,437,793
  7. Germany              71,727,551
  8. Nigeria                 67,101,452
  9. United Kingdom   57,075,826
  10. France                  55,429,382