5 Things You Didn't Know About The Internet

On October 29, 1969, the internet began when a computer network was set up between Stanford Research Institute and UCLA. Here are 5 interesting tidbits you probably didn’t know about the internet....

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There Were Other Search Engines Before Google Most people are familiar with the different search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. However, Archie, which started up in 1990, was the name of the first one and was used to locate FTP files that are used to transfer files between servers and clients. Archie was followed by search engines called Jughead and Veronica, which are names that appear in the Archie comic strip. The Google search engine was the most popular and effective and has stood the test of time.

The Internet Is Really Big Plenty of research has been done to try to discover how big the internet really is but it has proved incredibly difficult to get accurate results. One study by Google found that there was at least one trillion pages on the net, although they stated that this could account for just a tiny fraction of what is really online. Despite its huge size, experts have calculated that all of the electrons that make up the data on the internet would only add up to around 50 grams. That is the equivalent of one medium sized egg, an incredible fact considering the sheer amount of information that the web contains.

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Greenland Has The Most Connected Population Although it might seem that everyone has an internet connection, the truth is that most countries in Europe and North America only have around a 70-80% connection rate, with many members of society not having any sort of access to the web in their home. The highest connected population is Greenland, where 92% of all of those living there having an internet connection.

Most Data Is Transmitted Underwater Ninety-nine percent of data transmitted over the internet is done through submarine cables and includes not only data but text messages and phone calls. This way is much faster than using satellites, which would be about eight times slower. When these underwater cables are damaged, whether by earthquakes or even sharks, ships are sent out to pull up the cable and repair it.

Some People Still Use Dial-Up If you are old enough to remember the early days of dial-up internet access then you would probably imagine that everyone has moved onto broadband by now. You don’t have to wait an age to download anything or have to choose between using the web or a landline phone. Yet, AOL dial-up still has 200,000 registered users paying monthly subscription fees for the service. Experts believe these are mostly people who can’t get broadband or don’t realize they can use broadband without paying for dial-up.