Friday, 28 March 2014

5 Facts You Dont Know About The World Wide Web

The Internet from the time it started in the 1960's has transformed from just a military experiment into a big and well organised system. The concept for what would evendually become the World Wide Web was proposed on March 12, 1989 on a NeXT computer. With the help of the world wie web,today we are able to access numerous webpages through a Web browser over the Internet. We use Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Google and many other websites often to get information, stay in touch with people as well as keep updated. Sounds awesome, nevetheless, here are facts you dont know about the world wide web.

1) British engineer and computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee, now Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), drafted proposal in March 1989 for what would finally become the World Wide Web.

2) Although the World Wide Web is often referred to as the Internet, the two are not the same thing. The Internet is a huge network of networks that links computers together all over the world using a range of wires and wireless technologies. The World Wide Web is the collection of linked pages that are accessed using the Internet and a web browser.

3) In a recent online survey by Afrodigit: A technology and social media focused platform, most people tend to treat the Internet and the Web as synonymous. They, in fact while being related, are not. Internet refers to the vast networking infrastructure that connects millions of computers across the world and the World Wide Web is the worldwide collection of text pages, digital photographs, music files, videos, and animations, which users can access over the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol to transmit data and is only a part of the Internet. The Internet includes a lot that is not necessarily the Web.

4) On April 30, 1993, CERN announced that its World Wide Web technology would be available to all for free. The public statement declared that the main components of the web’s structure were to remain in the public domain, giving anyone in the world freedom to use them. “CERN relinquishes all intellectual property rights to this code, both source and binary and permission is given to anyone to use, duplicate, modify and distribute it,” the historic statement read.

5) According to Michael Stevens and Vsauce calculations, a 50 kilobyte email message uses the footprint of 8 billion electrons.  The number sounds ginormous, yes, but with electrons weighing next to nothing, 8 billion of them weigh less than a quadrillionth of an ounce.

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