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There are many unknown and interesting facts about the internet.  Below are some that have been found on the net and provided for your interest.

The Internet and Web are commonly mistaken for the same thing.  However, the Internet refers to the networking infrastructure that connects millions of machines across the world, while the WWW is the collection of text pages, files, music, and digital photographs which users can access over the Internet.  Thus the Web represents only one part of the Internet.

In March 1989, British engineer and scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, wrote a proposal for what would become the World Wide Web.  Berners-Lee uploaded the first photo on the Web in 1992, an image of the CERN house band Les Horribles Cernettes.  In 2004 Berners-Lee received a knighthood  from Queen Elizabeth II.

Archie was the world’s first Internet search engine. It was used as a tool for indexing FTP archives, allowing people to find specific files.

Jean Armour Polly coined the term ‘surfing the Internet’ in 1992.

The launch of the Mosaic web browser in 1993 has been considered the turning point in the history of the WWW.  The graphical browser was developed by a team at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois.

The Internet is the fastest growing communication medium of all time, taking four years to reach the first 50 million people.  This is compared to radio which took 38 years and television which took 13 years.

Although anyone can launch a website, the majority of the top 100 websites are run by corporations, with the only big exception being Wikipedia.

The Web has a huge impact on the environment as it is largely powered by big server farms located around the world that require massive quantities of electricity for computers.

Google uses an estimated 15 billion kWh of electricity per year, more than most countries.  However, Google generates a lot of their own power with their solar panels.

To copy the entire internet to a disc, it would take over one billion DVD’s.

Note:  This information has been sourced from multiple locations on the net and may not be 100% accurate.  Looking for more information about the internet?

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