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A global network of unlimited possibilities

The internet is now more than 30 years old. During this time, it has developed in a direction unimaginable to those who witnessed its creation. Initially, it was intended to serve as a network for the exchange of documents, mainly between scientific institutions. However, a multitude of ingenious people saw much more in it, and so began to develop the first instant messengers, online stores, educational video, and music services, Today we can’t imagine life without this medium–people aged 16-64 spend browsing an Internet on average 6 hours and 44 minutes a day.

The history of the Internet dates back to the late 1960s.

 The design of a global network of interconnected computers was developed by J. Licklider in 1960; two years later, at the request of the US Armed Forces, Paul Baran developed the first design of such a network aimed at exchanging digital data.

The first network–ARPANET was launched on 29th October 1969 at the University of California.

The first connection realized with the prototype of today’s network was between the University of California and Stanford Research Institute. By December 1969, the University of Utah and the University of California were also plugged into the network.

The first message sent using ARPANET was “LOG.”

It is not known what the final message was to be because the system crashed after sending the G character.

The Internet, as we know it today, often referred to as the World Wide Web, is nothing more than a system of hypertext documents presented to the user via a web browser.

Almost every page on the Internet is based on the HTML meta-language (some on XHTML) enriched with style sheets to help give it the right look.

The first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson to… himself.

He doesn’t remember its exact content but said it was something like “QWERTYUIOP.”

The first registered Internet domain was

It was registered on 15th March 1985. Today it serves as a commemorative site for the event.

The author of the first website was Tim Berners-Lee, who published it in December 1990.

After all these years, it is still available and can be visited here.

The first image on the Internet is a work of art made in Photoshop and exported to .gif format.

It depicts four women, members of the Geneva CERN lab’s comedy troupe Les Horrible Cernettes. As with the first website, it was posted by Tim Berners-Lee.

The popularity of online e-commerce is growing every year.

In 2020, 96 percent of Americans made at least one purchase online.

As of June 2021, the resources of the global Internet amounted to 1.86 billion pages.

Globally registered domains are now nearly 370 million.

The Internet is used by more than 4,9 billion people, which makes up almost 64 percent of all humanity.

Between 2000 and 2020, the number of Internet users increased by 1266 percent.

As recently as 2009, only 0.7 percent of Internet traffic came from mobile devices, today it is more than 50 percent.

According to analysis, the 50-50 split in traffic from computers vs. traffic from smartphones will continue in the coming years.

Almost 300 million new users join social media every year.

This means that every minute more than 550 people create an account on a social network.

The leading social network is Facebook with 2.7 billion active users.

In second place is YouTube (2 billion) followed by Instagram (1.15 billion), LinkedIn (766 million), TikTok (689 million), Twitter (330 million), and Snapchat (294 million).

YouTube was founded in February 2005 as an independent startup.

It was bought out by Google in November 2006 for $1.65 billion. In its first months of existence, the site had about 30.000 visitors per month. By the beginning of 2013, YouTube already had more than a billion monthly visitors, and by 2021, 1.86 billion.

Every minute more than 500 minutes of video content is added to YouTube’s resources.

The variety of materials is huge, which allows everyone to find something for themselves.

According to the survey, 82 percent of users use the platform for entertainment, 18 percent follow profiles of companies and brands, 7 percent use it to improve their skills and 8 percent use it to communicate with loved ones. One in three women watch tutorials on YouTube at least once a week on clothing, makeup, and taking care of their appearance in the broadest sense.

YouTube is the undisputed leader in video streaming.

Second place goes to Netflix, which has 12 times fewer users. Third place goes to Vimeo.

The most popular sites in the world are US giants.

The first place goes to Google followed by YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, and Instagram. Also in the top ten are Chinese search engine Baidu and two adult content sites: the Czech Republic’s XVideos and Canada’s PornHub.

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