25 Facts About the Internet

Let’s all thanks the Internet that all of us are connected virtually right now. And let’s also look for some thrilling facts about the Internet that we all need to know right about now. It is because of the internet that you are reading this post and interestingly, the ‘Internet’ technology is nothing new.

It has been a few decades since the technology was developed. And over time, technology has improved to a greater extent. And, now, we are at the pinnacle of it. Still, the technology is getting better and better everyday.

In this post, we will be outlining 25 incredibly fascinating facts about the Internet.

So, without spending more time here, let’s get to the good part…

25 facts about the internet every user should know

#1 What is Internet

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The Internet is the network of networks. Simply put, it is a global network of billions of smarty devices and computers that are connected to each other. All the devices in this massive network would be able to communicate with each other as well.

The term internet comes from ‘Interconnected Network’. That means the term ‘internet’ actually refers to the network that connects all the internet users and their devices with each other.

#2 World Wide Web vs. The Internet

A lot of us actually think that both the internet and the ‘World Wide Web’ or ‘WWW’ or the ‘Web’ are the same things. However, there is a great distinction between these two terms. We already told you that the internet is the network that connects you to other computers around the world.

However, the ‘Web’ or ‘World Wide Web’ is a massive collection of all the information, documents and all types of resources that are only accessible using the internet or if you are connected to the internet. Typically, all this information and resources on the Web would be available on webpages that are linked by URIs or hyperlinks.

#3 The Birth of The World Wide Web

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Internet was invented a long time ago compared to the invention of the World Wide Web. However, with the invention of the World Wide Web or Web, the internet has become widely popular and useful. Now, the inventor of WWW or World Wide Web is ‘Tim Berners-Lee’. He was a British scientist and he invented the Web back in 1989.

Initially, the primary goal of inventing the Web was to transfer information and resources between scientists all around the world. Due to his pioneering work, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II back in 2004.

#4 The First Website in History

As you might have guessed, the first website in the world was also developed and launched by Tim Berners-Lee. He launched his site back on 20th December 1990. But the best part about this is that a later copy of this webpage is still live to this day. You can head over to the world’s first website to be a part of the history even right now.

#5 How Old is the Internet?

The ‘Internet’ technology was invented way earlier than the invention of the World Wide Web. The internet is over 50 years old. To be exact, the age of internet technology is about 18,455 days. Two prominent computer scientists named ‘Vinton Cerf’ and ‘Bob Kahn’ are known as the inventors of the internet technology.

#6 How Old is the World Wide Web?

As you just learned that Tim Berners-Lee invented the Web back in 1989. At the time of writing this post, the World Wide Web is about 11,324 days or 31 years old. Want to know how old is the Web when you are reading this post? Then you can head over to this site to know the exact age of the WWW or World Wide Web.

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#7 The Wayback Machine

Humans haven’t yet invented any time machines. However, you can go back in time on the internet. There is a website called the ‘Wayback Machine’ where you can find archived versions of most of the websites in the world. This website was launched back in 1996. It is reported that about 450 billion webpages have been archived by the ‘Wayback Machine’.

#8 Total Number of Active Internet Users in the World

At the moment of writing this post, there are about 7.8 billion people in the world. And, among them, about 4.54 billion people are connected to the internet. That means more than 50% of the population of the world now uses the internet.

#9 Thousands of Websites are Hacked Every day

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People are launching websites on a daily basis. There are a lot of websites online at the moment. However, there are a lot of cyber-attacks also going on daily towards various websites on the internet. It is estimated that about 30 thousand new websites are getting hacked daily. And, on average, about 90 thousands websites get hacked daily in total.

#10 World’s Most Popular Social Media Sites

Social media sites don’t need any introductions. It is very hard to find any person without a social media account. But do you know which social media sites have the most number of active users? Here are the most popular social networks with their active users count:

  • Unsurprisingly, Facebook has about 2.49 billion monthly active users as of 2020.
  • Instagram has about 1 billion monthly active users that take the 2nd place.
  • Tik Tok is in 3rd place with about 800 million monthly active users.

Now, remember these are only the social media sites with the most number of active users. There are other websites and apps that have more active users as well.

#11 World’s Most Popular Video Sharing Sites

Another expected inclusion here is YouTube. Right now, YouTube is the world’s most popular video-sharing site. It has about 2 billion monthly active users. Next, the second and the third place goes to Vimeo and Dailymotion respectively.

#12 Not all the Active Internet Users are Human

You know that about 4.54 billion users are actively using the internet. However, there are more active internet users in the world than that, actually. Yes, only 49 percent of the active internet traffics are human.

And the rest 51% of internet traffic is actually bots and crawlers. Some of these are useful bots like the search engine crawlers. However, there are other bad bots as well that are used by hackers.

#13 Countries with the Fastest Internet

Internet speed matters a lot. Day by day, internet speed is getting faster. As of 2019, South Korea has the fastest internet speed in the world. The average mobile cellular internet speed in South Korea in 2019 was about 52.4 Mb/s. Here are the rest of the countries with fast internet lines:

  • South Korea like we said is first
  • Norway has got the second place with an average connection speed of 48.2 Mb/s.
  • Canada with an average connection speed of 42.5 Mb/s takes the 3rd place.

#14 Internet in the International Space Station

On Earth, you can get the internet on almost all the places. But how about the ‘Lower Earth Orbit’? You know that the International Space Station revolves around the Earth in the ‘Lowe Earth Orbit’.

And, it also needs internet access to transfer information and data from ISS to Earth. Now, you know how crucial the fast internet speed is. That is why the ISS also has a high-speed internet connection. At the moment, the International Space Station has a 600 Mb/s internet speed.

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#15 Most Popular Apps

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With the introduction of smartphones, people usually don’t browse the web from their desktops anymore. As a result, smartphone apps have become another popular medium in the modern era. Let’s take a look at the most popular apps available right now:

  • Facebook app is the most popular app in the world with about 2.49 billion active monthly users.
  • YouTube with about 2 billion active users.
  • Whatsapp with about 1.6 billion active users is at the 3rd pace.
  • ‘Facebook Messenger’ is at the 4th place with about 1.3 billion monthly users.
  • WeChat with about 1.1 billion active users.

#16 Countries with the Most Internet Users

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The total number of internet users in the world might be 4.45 billion. But which countries have the most number of internet users in total? Interestingly, it is mostly the countries with the most population have the most active internet users. For your information, China has the most number of internet users as of 2019.

The total number of internet users from China is about 840 million. Then, we have India with about 706 million internet users. And, in the third place, we have the USA with about 244 million active internet users.

#17 How Many Websites are There in Total?

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New websites are launched every second. Matter of fact, according to reports, there are about 390 websites are created and aligned per minute all around the world. At the moment, there are about 1.7 billion websites in the world. However, not all of them are active, actually. Among them, only about 200 million websites are active.

#18 Google Gets Billions of Searches Per Day

All of you know Google. In fact, you might have stumbled upon this website by searching through Google. But you are not alone who are using Google for searching the web. Matter of fact, it is reported that Google gets about 65 thousand searches per second.

And, that translates into approximately 2 trillion searches each year. That means on average, Google receives about 5.7 billion searched queries per day. Staggering, isn’t it?

#19 Total Connected Devices to the Internet

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In the beginning, only computers were connected to the Internet. But nowadays, almost all types of devices are compatible with the Internet.

According to reports that about 22 billion devices worldwide were connected to the internet back in 2018. And, researchers think that about 38.5 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2025.

#20 Mobile vs. Computer Internet Users

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The main 2 medium of using the internet and browsing the web are computers and mobile phones. If we go back 7 years ago, only about 13.7% of the total internet users accessed the internet from mobile devices in 2013. However, understandably so, the mobile users have increased since then.

As a result, about 53% of internet users in 2019 were from mobile devices. That means mobile traffic has increased a lot in the last decade. Also, people that access the internet from their mobile devices tend to spend more time on the web compared to the people that use their computers to connect to the internet.

#21 The Surface Web

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Typically, there are 3 layers of the ‘World Wide Web’. These are known as the ‘Surface Web’, ‘Deep Web’, and ‘Dark Web’. You might be familiar with these terms by now. However, if you are not, don’t worry! We will be explaining these to you one by one. Now, the ‘Surface Web’ is the indexed Web.

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That means this part of the Web is readily available and accessible by the general public all over the world. This is also known as the ‘Light Web’ or ‘Lightnet’. Right now, you are reading this post on the ‘Surface Web’.

#22 The Deep Web

On the contrary, the Deep Web is the exact opposite of the Surface Web’. This arena of the Web is not indexed by any search engines. So, you will not be able to access the sites on the Deep Web by searching with a typical search engine like Google, Yahoo, or Bing.

The main goal of the websites on the deep web is to be invisible from the search engines. It is a great way to hide sensitive information on the internet.

#23 The Dark Web

Now, the 3rd layer of the Web is known as the ‘Dark Web’. This is one of the most commonly discussed topics when it comes to secretive information about the internet. So, you must be familiar with this. The ‘Dark Web’ is also unindexed and invisible to search engines.

On top of this, you will need a particular configuration, software, or browsers to access the ‘Dark Web’. As a result, there is no way that you can accidentally access the Dark Web. This part of the web is used to transfer secret information. Also, people buy and sell illegal products in the Dark Web.

Other than these, Dark Web is also used for many other reasons. However, as all the users on this part of the web are anonymous, the Dark Web is used for illegal works mostly. Interestingly, the Dark Web was developed by the US military to exchange secret information among spies anonymously.

#24 Who Controls the Internet

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Typically, no one actually controls the Internet. However, if you are talking about the authority that controls DNS or the Web’s domain naming system, then we would have to tell you about the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). Interestingly, to keep DNS safe, ICANN has laid out a unique plan.

They have selected 7 people from around the world and assigned them with 7 physical keys in total. As a backup, they have selected more 7 people and assigned them with 7 more back up keys. It is only possible to access to the Internet Database of ICANN with all the keys together.

Those 7 people meet 4 times per year to change the password of the database to keep it secure from the cyber attackers. The reason behind this idea is to keep the DNS safe. Because of the 7 keys, there is no possibility that only one person can open the vault of ICANN.

#25 Can You Earn Money From Internet?

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Yes. There are many ways you can earn money from the Internet. However, not all the methods are fruitful. Also, whether you work online or offline, you have to put in the effort to earn money. There is no shortcut to earn money even online.

Matter of fact, it is very hard to earn money online. The most notable ways to earn money online are running a blog, running a YouTube channel, affiliate marketing, freelancing, display advertising, and more. Actually, you are not earning money from the internet, rather, you are using the internet as a medium to earn money in this process.

Conclusion:

The Internet is a part and parcel of our daily life. It is impossible to think about the world without the internet. Even more, you could visit our site only because of the internet. Here, we have tried to let you know some interesting facts about the Internet.

And, we hope you have liked this post and all the information about the ‘Internet’. If you are looking for some fascinating information about Samsung, you can read our post on 25 facts about Samsung. We believe you will like that as well.

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About the Author: Jakaria Tiaz

Jakaria brings years of extensive experience in tech and business writing to the team. After working as the chief editor for several very large online magazines Jakaria agreed to take part in Tech 25 and help turn it into the leading Tech news and facts site online.