25 facts about the web on its 25th anniversary – This is Genius

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25 facts about the web on its 25th anniversary – This is Genius

25 facts about the web on its 25th anniversary – This is Genius


Happy birthday yesterday World Wide Web! Yes
the collection of pictures, text, cat gifs and porn we know and love and use every day
is a mere 25 years old. which, YouTube analytics tells me, is only about as old as most of
us watching this right now. Yeah I’m watching it back too, narcissist that I am. Anyway, to celebreate the 25th anniversary
of the web, here’s not just five, but 25 facts about the web, in just 2 minutes and 50 seconds.
See what we did there? Right, start the clock. Internet and web are often confused: Internet
is the bit that refers to the networking infrastructure, and the web is the sites, images and other
files stored on that network. Tim Berner’s Lee’s boss wasn’t convinced about
his web idea, calling it ‘Vague but Interesting’. It caught on though, 50 million people were
online in four years. It took radio 38. The first ever website only went online on
August 6 1991, this is the oldest surviving version of it. And it doesn’t have WWW in the name because
it doesn’t need it. Typing WWW started out as a custom for identifying whether you wanted
to visit a website or, for example, an ftp server. We haven’t needed to do it on most
sites for years. And on www, the World Wide Web was nearly
called the Information Mesh, Mine of Information or Information Mine. And what’s on the Information mine? It’s estimated
that 80% of pictures online are of naked women. And a third of all searches are for porn. It started early too, this saucy shot was
the first picture ever uploaded, an image of the CERN house band Les Horribles Cernettes
uploaded in 1992. And this was the first banner ad, for Wired
Magazine’s online equivalent in 1994. It was just as annoying and ugly as banner ads today,
but 44% of people clicked it. It caught on too, $15 billion was spent on
banner ads last year alone. Now a few net stats – Some webby, some more
internety, because it can be hard to differentiate. Anyway: Over 300 billion emails are sent every
day 90% of all of these are spam The internet takes up roughly five million
terabytes. Of which google have indexed just 0.004% Including over 2 billion web pages 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube
every minute And over six billion hours are watched every
month, nearly an hour per person. Speaking of which, there are more devices
connected to the internet than there are actual humans. Although less than half of the worlds’ population
has internet access. And what are we doing? Tweeting, shopping
on Amazon and bidding on Ebay probably, but it nearly didn’t come to be. amazon was almost
called Cadabra, eBay was nearly echobay, and Twitter? Well it was nearly Jitter. Do you
jeet? How about I rejeet that for you? No. Speaking of big companies, wikipedia is the
only top 100 website not owned by a big corporation Viruses are a constant problem, but there
are more old skool hacks. In 2008, five internet cables connecting the Middle East to the net
were cut. But not the ones connecting Israel, or US occupied Iraq. Hmmm. Not that the Arabic speaking world missed
much, over half of web pages are in English, though that number is dropping. As is the age at which we get online. In the
West, we typically take our first digital steps at 6 months old. So there you have it. 25 facts to mark 25
years of the net. And it’s going to become more and more a part of our lives. We’re now
entering the so-called web 3.0, in which every aspect of our lives from health to education
is decentralised and networked online. Which is pretty scary, but could be pretty cool.

13 thoughts on 25 facts about the web on its 25th anniversary – This is Genius

  1. How can we be heading towards web 3.0 when there's never been web 2.0.
    There's no such thing as web x.x, it's just the web in its ever evolving form otherwise we'd be keeping up with Firefox and Chrome's revisioning!

  2. I remember being on Compuserve about 20 years ago and think that was the internet. Then I discovered a little program called Netscape..

  3. I remember being on Compuserve about 20 years ago and thinking that was the internet. Then I discovered a little program called Netscape..

  4. When speaking you really should care about using small pauses between word.

    'Cat GIF's and porn' Do you mean catporn or just human porn? I seriously hope you don't watch or enjoy catporn if it exists, but knowing about Rule 34, it probably does.

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