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Interesting Facts About the Internet

Cool interesting facts about the Internet you probably don't know.

Cool interesting facts about the Internet you probably don’t know.

  • Currently, about 40 percent of the world’s population has internet connections, compared to less than 1 percent in the 1990s.
  • Google processes 40,000 searches every second.
  • It is said that every Google question asked by a net user usually covers a distance of 2400 km and then travels the same distance to the user and comes back to answer the question.
  • About 23 emails are sent every second, with 70 percent being spam mails.
  • Ray Tomlinson (an American computer programmer who implemented the first email program on the ARPANET system, the precursor to the Internet, in 1971; he is internationally known and credited as the inventor of email) is credited with sending the world’s first email to the Internet. He sent this email in 1971. His name is also famous for using the “@” sign for the first time in Internet history.
Ray Tomlinson
Image via Wikipedia – Ray Tomlinson Inventor of Email (@)
  • It is said that the first domain name in the history of the Internet was “symbolics.com” by the then computer manufacturing company Symbolics on 15 March 1985.
  • The first spam message mail was sent to ARPANET on 3 May 1978. This spam mail The message was about the advertisement for a computer. This spam message was sent by Gary Thuerk and that is why he is called the world’s first email spammer. This is why he is also named in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Steve Wilhite is an American computer scientist and he is the creator of the GIF (Graphical Interchange Format). He developed GIF in 1987 and he works in CompuServe.com.
  • The Nokia 9000 Communicator was the first mobile available with internet connectivity and was launched in Finland in 1996. But the high price of this set became a major hurdle in the commercial expansion of this mobile, which resulted in the launch of i-mode in Japan in 1999, and hence Japan is called the birthplace of mobile phone internet services.
  • In 1990, the first website in the world was launched info.cern.ch.
  • Amazon and eBay are known as commercial sites but not all of these sites are the first commercial sites. Online retailer “Net Market” records that the site first registered itself as a commercial site by selling a sting CD. However, in addition to this site, another site ‘Internet Shopping Network’ has also made a claim on this record by selling goods online a month before the net market.
  • Stanford Federal Credit Union (California, USA) is the first financial institution to have the distinction of being the first online bank. This bank has earned this distinction by providing net banking services to consumers in October 1994.
  • Web crawler has the distinction of being the first search engine in Internet history.
  • According to the New York Times, Justin Hall is called the father of personal blogging.
  • Before 1995, eBay was known as the Auction Web (You can find out more here). The first item sold online through this web site is believed to have been a broken laser pointer sold to a broken laser pointer collector.
  • Fluid Concepts and Creative Analyzes: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought, written by Douglas Hofstadter, was the first book sold on Amazon.com.

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