It’s National Internet Day TODAY!
The World Wide Web, The information highway, Cyberspace, The interwebz, we’ve all got a name for it, but no matter what you call it, one fundamental truth stays the same — the internet is as revolutionary a tool as they come and for that reason, we celebrate National Internet Day. But why October 29th?
According to sources online, the web’s first message was sent on this day in 1969. Yes, you read that right — the internet was born the same year that Hendrix was blowing minds at Woodstock! It was a truly revolutionary time.
It was on this day, the first electronic mail (email) was sent from one computer to another. The message, however, was a simple 'lo' which basically stood for 'login' but only the first two letters delivered as the computers had crashed.
Today, on World Internet Day, let's take a look at some interesting facts about the internet:
• The term 'surfing' the internet was coined in 1992 by a New York librarian, Jean Armour Polly, who is also known as 'Net Mom'.
• A single Google query uses 1,000 computers in 0.2 seconds to retrieve an answer.
• 16 to 20 percent of queries that get asked every day have never been asked before.
• Mark Zuckerberg was the first person on Facebook with ID Number.. The first three accounts were just the testing accounts.
• Today, more than 294 billion emails are sent each day.
• 90 percent of all the emails that are sent every day is regarded as spam.
• The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson to himself in 1971.
• There are 3.6 billion email accounts in the world today.
• 30,000 websites are hacked every day.
• The majority of internet traffic is generated by web robots like Google and Malware.
• Over 10,000 new dot com (.com) domains are registered on the web every day.
• The first YouTube video was uploaded April 23, 2005. The video is called 'Me at the zoo' and features Jawed Karim who is one of the founders at the San Diego Zoo.
• The Internet requires over 50 million horsepower in electricity.
• It takes over 2 billion electrons to produce a single email message.
• Moving electrons on the internet weigh approximately 50 grams.