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29 October 2018

Happy World Internet Day! Yes, that’s right… a day dedicated to the internet.

What did we even do before the internet?! The days of a dial up connection are now long gone and have made way for this incredible tool we call the internet.

To celebrate, I thought I’d gather some internet facts. Have a read:

  • Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn are said to have ‘invented’ the internet. They were the developers (in the early 1970s) to have developed the TCP/IP protocol – an online infrastructure still used to this day.
  •  The word ‘internet’ is a shortened version of the 1974 terms, ‘internetworking’ or ‘inter-system networking’.
  •  Computer engineer, Ray Tomlinson was the first person to send an email all the way back in 1971. It was just a test message to himself. 
  • One in six marriages today saw a couple first meet online, awh!
  • The four top visited websites in the world are Google, YouTube, Facebook and Baidu while WordPress is the leading Content Management System.
  • There are just over 1.9 billion websites on the internet.
  • Facebook is the most popular social networking site. It has an estimated 2.23 billion users – that is nearly a third of the world’s population.
  • The first-ever webcam was used to watch a pot of coffee… exciting. 
  • The dot-com crash of the early 2000s saw investors in the excessive amount of online businesses see a near-instant loss of over R70 billion.
  • Seventy percent of the 200-plus emails sent every minute across the globe is spam.

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I hope you have a great World Internet Day!

Blog Post By Suzannah Clitheroe

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