World Wide Web: Some interesting facts

Internet has become a part of our lives. It is making exponential progress. Messages and documents can be send to any part of the world in seconds. Paperless transactions of money can be done within minutes. We can get in touch with our friends and others live through internet.

The World Wide Web or WWW as it is popularly referred was conceived in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN. It was invented to share documents among the scientists across the globe using hyperlinks. At present about 4 billion people across the globe use internet.

First website went online at CERN in 1991. Since at that time Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues had browsers, few people in the world are aware. Today there are about 1.9 billion websites.

The term “Surfing the net” was coined by Jean Armour Polly a librarian in the university of Minnesota Wilson library in March 1992.

First email was sent by computer engineer Ray Tomlinson in 1971 from one computer to another sitting right next to it at Cambridge Massachusetts but through a network of computers.

First image was uploaded by Tim Berners-Lee on to internet in 1992. Photo was of a parody pop band “Les Horribles Cernettes“.

Internet is not WWW alone. It is much bigger and WWW, email and internet telephony are some of its parts.

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Internet Data is Mind Boggling

Scale of data generated and used is astronomical in the internet. It becomes fruitless to figure out this on yearly, monthly even day basis. The scale is so mammoth that even 1 minute data will send your head spinning.

What happens in 1 minute on internet 

  1. Facebook: 9,00,000 logins
  2. Whatsapp: 16 million text messages sent
  3. YouTube: 4.1 million videos viewed
  4. Google Play Store: 34200 app downloaded
  5. Instagram: 46200 posts updated
  6. Twitter: 452000 tweets
  7. Tinderbox: 990000 swipes
  8. Emails sent: 156 millions
  9. Spotify: 40000 hrs listened
  10. Amazon Echo: 50 devices shipped
  11. Linkedin: 120 new accounts opened
  12. GIFs sent via Messenger: 15000
  13. Snapchat: 1.8 million snaps created
  14. Spent online: $751522
  15. Netflix: 70017 hours watched
  16. Google: 3.5 million search queries.

# Hashtag TURNS 10

The humble # hashtag has turned 10 on the twitter. An average of 125 million hashtags are tweeted each day. In fact the makers of Twitter had not even added the hashtag feature as it was thought it to be too nerdy for common people. Hashtag was used earlier in c-language in the file header to include another file in the present file. For example there is a library of files called header files which are readymade pieces of software to be used in the present program.

It was the users who discovered that tweeting a term with # as prefix makes the term a clickable link. This way , not only does the post get categorised under a certain topic, it also becomes searchable. 

Clicking the tag shows users all the tweets containing the tag, making it easier to follow a discussion. In tech parlance, such public tagging is called “folksonomy which is defined as “a user-generated system of classifying and organizing online content into different categories by the use of metadata such as electronic tags such as hashtag”

Geek Vocabulary for Breakups 

Social websites and apps for online chat have taken the world by storm. Technological advances in providing the internet on the mobile phones have enabled the people to be in touch all the time. Sometimes it is even not possible to avoid this connection.

People express their feelings and display their achievements to the world on the social sites. They post photos and selfies and update their statuses continuously. Many people have met through these social websites, had got married and many have been cheated.

People these days are always in haste and hence a distinct lingo is developing for texting. A whole new vocabulary has also born and is rapidly expanding.

When there are breakups among the people especially the celebrities in the West, then go through avoidance, showing the “i don’t care” attitude. Here are some geek terms connected to this breakup phase.

PHUBBING

The term is concatenation of Phone and snubbing. When you’re in the company of your other half and they spend most of their time on the phone. New research suggests that 22.6% say it causes conflict and 36.6% say it has made them feel depressed.

GHOSTING

The ultimate silent treatment When your partner ignores you completely and inexplicably cuts off all contact with you and becomes totally hidden.

SLOW FADE

If your partner wants to avoid an awkward conversation, they’ll slowly start avoiding you. Not as severe as ghosting, they will dramatically cut down calls and texts. And don’t expect more than a few words when they do respond to your SMS messages.

REVENGE BODY

When one of the partners especially the female, channelises her frustration energy and go to gym and tones are body. This is to make the ex partner to repent and look for himself what he has lost by breaking up.

CONSCIOUS UNCOUPLING

A good old-fashioned breakup in which two famous people announce in the press their breakup. This is the classic mode to tell the world as if world is caring for such useless news.

HEARTBREAK COACH

Capitalizing on the fads of rich, some people have become coaches to guide their lives and help the rich to visualise the dream partner.

There is this Social Slang website which gives the information about the whole lingo prevailing on the social media.