Imagine a world where internet doesn’t exist? What would that even look like for us? From communication to entertainment, internet is one of the most monumental inventions this world has ever come to know.
It is crazy to think that one of the reasons the internet is so widely used is because of the World Wide Web becoming public in 1991. The Internet provides instant access to information. This global invention has allowed us to have the world at our fingertips.
History of Internet Day:
On October 29th we celebrate International Internet Day to commemorate a momentous day in the history of telecommunications and technology. This day marks the sending of the first electronic message by Charley Kline and his colleague Bill Duvall in 1969. Charley Kline, a young grad student from UCLA, put to use the ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) to send the first ever message to Bill Duvall set up at Stanford.
The message sent was the word “login”. Kline managed to send “L” and “O” before the connection between the terminals crashed. An hour later they were able to fix the issue and Kline was successfully able to send the complete “login” message. That was the moment the Internet was born.
Interesting Internet Statistics:
- 93 billion people use the Internet worldwide. That is 63.2% of the world’s population
- From the years 2000-2020, the usage of Internet increased by 1,266%
- There are currently 370.7 million registered domain names in the world
- 5% of all websites are using WordPress (127 million websites)
- In 2021, 306 billion emails are sent per day
- There are 3.96 billion social media users around the world in 2021
- Google processes over 3.5 billion searches per day
- 96% of Americans shop with online stores
How to Celebrate #InternationalInternetDay:
- Post on social media
- Make your own meme
- Unplug for the day
- Watch an internet related movie (The Social Network or You’ve Got Mail)
- Send an e-blast to your friends