Now this isn’t an internet 101 lesson!
I know you are itching to know just what exactly these internet fun facts are, but before we go into that – it would be nice to briefly refresh our memories on what exactly the internet is and how it has affected our daily lives.
The internet is a worldwide system comprising of personal – like your handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets, wireless computer networks and mainframe that are interconnected through an internet protocol suite (TCP/IP).
Millions of people and billions of devices are connected to an endless array of information resources and services on the World Wide Web (WWW).
You can just imagine millions of people of different race and culture transacting business or networking on social platforms freely with no borders, visas and flight arrangements to worry about.
The internet has actually been in operation since the early ‘70s but the modern version – (WWW) was introduced in 1989 and since then a whole lot of internet fun facts have emerged; let’s takes a look at some of them.
Some Internet History Facts:
- It is estimated that the internet has about 1.73 billion global users. (…a lot of peeps!)
- There are about 11 countries that still have no access to the internet. (…dark ages!)
- In 1992, a New York City librarian – Jean Armour Polly coined the term “surfing”
- When you make a query on Google, 1,000 computers are deployed in 0.2 seconds to generate an answer.
- Did you know that the original Space Jam website is still active? (…what’s up doc?!)
- The You’ve Got Mail website is also very active.
- Did you know that about 16% to 20% of daily Google search are new and have never been searched before?
- Tim Berners-Lee the inventor of the modern World Wide Web (WWW) was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. (…Sir Tim!)
- Did you know that the first website is still active?
- “What is twerking?” In 2013, was the most frequently searched question.
- Did you know that “Insurance” is the most expensive keyword for Google AdWords?
- In 1987, an engineer at Compuserve – Steve Wilke invented the GIF format.
- You can check net to know the age of the internet.
- In 1971, Ray Tomlinson sent the first email ever to himself; unfortunately he can’t what he sent. (…should have kept a hard copy!)
- In 1978, the first spam email was sent by Gary Thuerk over ARPNET, he was a computer sales man.
- com was the first registered internet domain.
Online Social Media Facts:
- Did you know that Youtube provides about a billion videos daily?
- Are you aware that the founder of Facebook – Mark Zuckerberg’s original Facebook profile number ID is 4?
- Sina Weibo a Chinese social network has 280.8 million users (…wow!)
- Social media platform – Twitter has 250 million users.
- On twitter 500 milion tweets are sent daily.
- On March 21, 2006 Jack Dorsey sent the first tweet.
- On Myspace – Tila Tequila had 1.5 million friends. (…that’s a lot of homies!)
- It is estimated that there are about 191.3 million Tumblr blogs.
- It is estimated that one million babies have been born to couples who met on the dating site – Match.com. (…a real baby factory!)
- An average of $243 is spent by an online dater annually. (…now you know where that buck went!)
- It is estimated that about 33% of female online daters had sex on their first online date. (…hope it was protected!)
- Online dating sites are used by about 10% of sex offenders. (…beware of predators!)
- On the 23rd of April 2005, Jawed Karim – one of the founders of YouTube uploaded the first YouTube video it was titled “Me at the zoo,” and it was shot at the San Diego Zoo.
- The most viewed YouTube videos of all time is “Gangnam Style” by Psy with over two billion views.
Weird Internet Fun Facts:
- In the ‘70s and ‘80s ASCII porn was traded by people on the internet before the modern version – WWW was introduced in 1989.
- Less time is spent browsing on desktop computers; we now spend more time browsing the web on mobile devices.
- Did you know that the average internet speed in Australia is slower than that of the International Space Station?
- Netflix has categorized Canada as “Third World” in Broadband Internet rating.
- Did you know that ‘Deep Web” which is not connected to our regular internet but is a bigger part of the Internet, is about 500 times bigger than our regular Internet and there are completely anonymous websites in there and you can browse them anonymously as well?
- Did you know that Newsweek in 1995 published an article which laughed at the idea that the internet would one day provide visitors with news items and that people would even be able to buy airline tickets online? You can still read the article on their website.
- Did you know that in 2006, a fiber optic splitter was installed by AT&T at its office at 611 Folsom Street in San Francisco with the intention of making copies of all data from desktops, iPhones and iPads sent to and from AT&T including emails, web surfing and other internet traffic data, the copies are for the NSA. (…democracy!)
- The fiber optic cable that provided internet for about 90% of Armenians was accidentally cut be a 75 year-old woman in Georgia (Eastern Europe) in 2011. (…it could have been a snake!)
- The clock used for the internet time was invented by an Institute in Colorado which guaranteed that the clock would be so accurate that it would never gain or lose a second in 20 million years.
- In America there are 19 states where big ISPs have successfully lobbied against the building of local or community Internet services. (…corporate takeover!)
- Are you aware that annually AOL makes a staggering $600 million from dial up Internet subscriptions alone? (…talk about sentimental attachment!)
- Did you know that in Japan there are “homeless” youth who live and sleep in Internet Cafés?
- Did you know that the 4th fastest average internet speed is in Latvia and that the U.S.A is in 14th position?
- One of the earliest examples of internet meme was created by two Canadian sisters who in 1998 setup the website – hampsterdance.com to see who could generate the most amount of internet traffic.
- In 2010, internet upload speed was beaten by Carrier pigeons. These pigeons were sent out with USB sticks at about the same time as a video was being uploaded over a broadband and the pigeons delivered the USB sticks before the video could be uploaded.
- After independence from Yugoslavia, Montenegro’s Internet domain name changed from .yu to .me
- At the peak of Mt. Everest you can get 3G cell service and internet access.
- Did you know that in 1997 Robert Metcalfe blended and drank a copy of his speech in which he erroneously predicted that the internet would crash in 1996, and that he would “eat his words” if it did not?
- Did you know that as at 2010 about 5.5 Gb of impractical background sound was transmitted by the second through the Internet?
- In Seville, Spain – Saint Isidore is said to be the Patron Saint of the Internet. Did you know that in Norway prisoners have internet in their cells? (…can they order pizza?!)
- Did you know that the US military has secretly developed software that will influence social media sites by creating fake online users to join in discussions and conversations as a way pushing a pro-American propaganda agenda?
- While it took radio 38 years and T.V 13 years to reach an audience of about 50 million, it took the internet just 4 year to reach this landmark.
- Did you know that robots are responsible for 51% of all internet traffic?
- The official update pages for Minecraft are the most popular Tumblr.
World Wide Web of Records:
- The fastest recorded time to log into a Gmail account is 1.16 seconds, it is a world record.
- A Brazilian teenager holds the world record for fastest texter. (…in Portuguese, I guess!)
- In Sweden, the world’s fastest Internet connection is at the disposal of a 75-year-old woman and its 40 Gigabits/second. (…wonder if she’s on an online dating site?!)
Let’s Take A Breather!
These fifty seven (57) internet fun facts are just a few of the numerous truths out there on the internet. From facts that are simply weird to those that border on pure ingenuity.
The internet however never ceases to amaze, inform, educate and entertain in equal measure. It is truly a wonder of the 21st century and it is here to stay.