There is no denying of the fact that pretty much everyone in this world uses the Web and almost every person we know is on Facebook, probably even their grandma and grandpa are also on Facebook. We spend more time socializing on the Web than we do in person. However the question is, how much really do you know about the Internet or the Web? If your knowledge about the Web is limited, here is your chance to boost up your general knowledge with this list of 40 interesting World Wide Web facts.
Interesting World Wide Web Facts: 1-10
1. The World Wide Web (or simply the Web) and Internet are not the same things though we have a tendency of using them interchangeably (as we did in the opening paragraph). Web refers to collection of animations, digital photos, files, music, text pages etc. The Internet on the other hand refers to networking infrastructure responsible for connecting millions of computers and other devices all over the world. Thus, Web is essentially a subset of Internet.
2. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British scientist and engineer wrote a proposal in 1989 that eventually became the World Wide Web.
3. Today, Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the director of the W3C or the World Wide Web Consortium.
4. Berners-Lee received his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in year 2004.
5. The first ever website to go online is still online. It can be found here: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html. This website was built in 1991.
6. The first readily accessible browser to be built for the web was the line-mode browser. It was created in 1992.
7. Berners-Lee used his NeXT Computer to invent the Web. That computer was world’s first web server. That computer is still available at CERN.
8. Can you guess the number of websites online today? Well, we are a tad below 1 Billion mark. As of now, there are 945,357,100 websites online (excluding the number of inactive websites). You can find the live figure here.
9. There are more devices in this world that are connected to the Internet than there are number of human beings living on Earth.
10. The launch of Mosaic web browser in 1993 is today considered to the turning point for the Web. Mosaic is today credited for making the Web popular.