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10 Interesting Internet Facts
Recently, I wrote a blog post titled, 10 Amazing Internet Facts that has received a lot attention from our visitors and has been widely read. In the post, I shared what I believe are some of the most amazing facts and stats about the internet. As everyone knows the internet has become an essential part of our day to day life. However, most of us take it, and its incredible journey for granted. However, in this blog post I thought I would share with you not only some more amazing facts about the internet, but also some of what I believe are the most interesting facts about the internet that I’m sure you’ve never known… at least until now.
- Did you know that the first webcam deployed was in 1991 at Cambridge University and was designed to monitor a coffee pot?
Yes, a coffee pot. Fed up with walking to an empty coffee pot, computer scientists at Cambridge University back in 1991 deployed what is known to have been the first webcam. Unbelievably, it was used to monitor the coffee levels from their desks, which were scattered across many rooms and floors. The camera provided a 128×128 pixel grayscale image of the coffee pot at a single frame per second.
Starting in November 1993, the camera’s live feed was connected to the Internet and could be viewed worldwide, garnering attention from publications and radio stations around the globe. The coffee cam was shut down at 09:54 UTC on August 22, 2001 and the last picture it took was of a hand switching off its server.
The coffee machine that was last visible on camera (made by Krups) was auctioned off on eBay to the German news site Spiegel Online for £3,350 ($4,760). Krups employees later refurbished the pot free of charge, so it could be used at the publication’s office.
- Did you know that the MP3 was invented in 1991, but didn’t go live until 1999 when Napster, changed the way the Internet was used forever?
Napster was operated between June 1999 and July 2001 allowing people to easily share their MP3 files with other participants via a user-friendly interface. At its peak the Napster service had about 80 million registered users. Napster made it relatively easy for music enthusiasts to download copies of songs that were otherwise difficult to obtain, such as older songs, unreleased recordings, and songs from concert bootleg recordings.
High-speed networks in college dormitories became overloaded, with as much as 61% of external network traffic consisting of MP3 file transfers. Many colleges blocked its use for this reason, well before any liability concerns for facilitating copyright violations on campus.
- Did you know that the first YouTube video was uploaded on April 23, 2005 at the San Diego Zoo and is called “Me at the zoo,” featuring Jawed Karim, one of the YouTube founders? The video is only 18 seconds long and has been viewed more than 45 million times.
The most viewed YouTube video of all time is “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee, which was uploaded just 1 year ago back on January 12, 2017 and has been viewed over 4.7 billion times!!! To see the full list of the most viewed videos click here
- Did you know that there are many who believe that Amazon is the number one shopping site primarily because in the days before Google, Yahoo listed websites in their directory alphabetically?
- Did you know the first online banner advertisement hit the internet way back on October 27, 1994 on hotwired.com? Actually, there were a handful of ads that ran that day in various sections of hotwired.com. One of the ads displayed was part of AT&Ts “you will” campaign, and was placed on the HotWired homepage. Below is the ad.
After clicking the ad, it directed visitors to the below landing page.
Yes, this site is supposed to look this way. After all, this is what most web pages looked like back on October 27, 1994… the day that Wired Magazine flipped the switch on its first website, hotwired.com, starting a revolution in web content and advertising that still reverberates today.
- Did you know that the very first spam email was sent by an employee at the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1978?
DEC released a new computer and operating system, and an innovative DEC marketer decided to send a mass email to 600 users and administrators of the ARPANET?
The person who typed it all in didn’t quite understand the system, and ended up typing the addresses first into the SUBJECT: field, which then overflowed into the TO: field, the CC: field, and finally the email body too! It wasn’t until later though that the term “spam” would be born.
So, have you ever wondered where the word spam comes from? Well, many believe that it can be traced back to the Multi User Dungeons of the 1980’s – primitive multiplayer adventure games where players explored and performed actions using text only. One new user felt the Multi User Dungeons community and experience was particularly boring, and programmed a keyboard macro to type the words SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM repeatedly every few seconds, presumably imitating the famous Monty Python sketch about spam-loving Vikings. Today more than 247 BILLION email messages sent every day, and 81% are pure spam.
- Did you know that the first emoticon was created in 1979?
Kevin Mackenzie created a simple -) back in 1979, but it didn’t really look like a face. Three years later, 🙂 was proposed by Scott Fahlman and has become the norm. AND… Did you know, the Japanese emoticons are created vertically instead of on the side, and are much more complicated and considered much cuter.
Twenty years later the first emoji was created by Shigetaka Kurita in Japan in 1999?
- Did you know that the first message over the internet was “LO”?
The first message (actually on the ARPANET – precursor of the Internet)) was sent by UCLA student programmer Charley Kline, at 10:30 PM, on October 29, 1969. The message text was the word “login”; the “l” and the “o” letters were transmitted, but the system then crashed. Hence, the literal first message over the ARPANET was “lo”. About an hour later, having recovered from the crash, and effected a full “login”. The first permanent ARPANET link was established on November 21, 1969, between the IMP at UCLA and the IMP at the Stanford Research Institute. By December 5, 1969, the entire four-node network was established.
- Did you know there is a group of 14 people who control the way we navigate the internet in what is officially called the “Key Ceremony”?
These 14 people (equally divided into two groups) belong to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and are the ones who actually control the way we navigate the Internet. To protect DNS, ICANN came up with a way of securing it without entrusting too much control to any one person. It selected seven people as key holders and gave each one an actual key to the internet. It selected seven more people as backup key holders — 14 people in all. The ceremony requires at least three of them, and their keys, attend, because three keys are needed to unlock the equipment that protects DNS.
- Did you know that the Internet began as a single page at the which contained information about a “WorldWideWeb” project, and how you too could make a hypertext page full of wonderful hyperlinks?
The first website at CERN – and in the world – was dedicated to the World Wide Web project itself and was hosted on Berners-Lee’s NeXT computer.
The website described the basic features of the web; how to access other people’s documents and how to set up your own server. The NeXT machine – the original web server – is still at CERN. As part of the project to restore the first website, in 2013 CERN reinstated the world’s first website to its original address.
The page can be viewed at http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.
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