It’s Web Wednesday! Every Wednesday we’re going to share a blog post celebrating the wonderful world of the web.

This week it’s 10 of our favourite facts about the Internet.

1. 2.4 billion people use the Internet – 34% of the world’s population. There’s been a massive 566% growth in the last decade in the number of global Internet users. Seventy-eight per cent of North Americans are Internet users, while only 15% of people in Africa are online.

2. The weight of all information on the Internet has been estimated at 0.2 millionths of an ounce, or the same weight as a grain of sand. Pretty mind-boggling, isn’ it?

3. The world’s first website was launched in 1991 at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) with the URL Info.cern.ch. In 1993 CERN made World Wide Web technology available on a royalty-free basis, which was the start of the Internet as we know it. In 2013, to mark the anniversary of the publication of the document that made web technology free for everyone to use, CERN started a project to restore the first website and to preserve the digital assets that are associated with the birth of the web.

4. If you wanted to copy the entire Internet to disc, you would have to use more than one billion DVDs or 200 million Blu-Ray discs.

5. Social media has taken over! With 17% of the world’s population (and half of the world’s Internet users) on Facebook, the site receives 500 terabytes of data every day. Seventy-two hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, there are 102 million blogs on Tumblr, and a billion tweets are sent every five days.

6. Every month there are more than 100 billion searches on Google.

7. The first message ever relayed over the Internet in 1969 was supposed to be ‘LOGIN’ but there was a crash and only ‘LOG’ was completed.

8. More than 80% of all emails are spam, and up to 40% of all accounts and 8% of all messages on social media sites are created by spammers. As much as 80% of all spam in Europe and North America can be traced back to only 200 spammers.

9. The first webcam was used to monitor a pot of coffee at Cambridge University.

10. Research has shown that a third of all Internet searches are related to pornography. More than half of all the photos on the web are of naked women, and at any given time, it’s estimated that almost 30 000 people are watching X-rated videos.

 

Do you have an interesting fact about the internet to share?