August 23 is World Internaut Day!!

Happy Internaut Day!!
The web went public on August 23, 1991, and it has come a long way in 25 years. Internaut is a portmanteau of the words Internet and astronaut
Internaut = internet nauta, which is Greek for traveler.

It is defined as a “designer, operator, or technically capable user of the internet.

An internaut is online savvy, typically through years of online experience, with a thorough knowledge of how to use search engines, Internet resources, forums, newsgroups and chat rooms to find information. The more someone knows about the Internet, its history and politics, the more likely the term internaut fits them.

This means that just the fact that you are reading this on our website means you are an internaut. 

The internet was envisioned by Tim Berners-Lee as a global, hyperlinked information system. By 1985, the first DNS system was setup in Europe. By 1988, America and Europe were connected by the internet. Beginning with participants in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), it gradually expanded to members of the Internet Society (ISoc) and the larger community.

Happy World Internaut day!

Some Facts about the internet and the web:

1. The Internaut day is celebrated on August 23, anniversary of the World Wide Web, which was developed in the CERN laboratories (Enquire / EV project) in Switzerland during 1989 - 1990, and opened to new users after that day in 1991 by Tim Berners-Lee and his associates

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2. By 1989, the first concept of a global “web” was proposed; it comprised of a linked database of searchable text and embedded links. At least 40 percent of the world has access to the internet.

3. By 1991, the internet was unleashed on the world.

4. In 2016, the internet is everywhere.

5. There are 3.4 billion internauts as of 1 July 2016, half of these are on Facebook.

6. There are at least 1 billion websites on the WWW.

7. The internet is host to almost one zetabyte of data.

8. The average global connection speed is 5.7 Mb/s.

9. South Korea offers the highest average connection speed of 26.7 Mb/s.

10. India’s average connection speed is 2.5 Mb/s.

11. At least 48.5 percent of internet traffic in 2015 was generated only by bots.

12. As a whole, humanity tweets 7,300 times a second.

13. We transfer and access 37,000 GB of data per second.

14. We search for 56,000 items per second on Google.

15. We consume 129,000 YouTube videos per second.

16. We send 2.5 million emails per second.

17. Lolcats is worth $2 million.

18. Searching for ‘cats’ on Google will get you 680 million hits.

19. BitTorrent “only” makes up about 25 percent of the internet traffic in Asia-Pacific, same as YouTube.

20. Today, a world without the internet is inconceivable.

21. The term “surfing” the internet was coined in 1992 by an upstate New York librarian Jean Armour Polly, aka “Net Mom.”

22. The most played song on Spotify is “Wake Me Up” by Avicii.

23. The first tweet was sent on March 21, 2006 by Jack Dorsey: "just setting up my twttr,"
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24. Mark Zuckerberg’s original Facebook profile number ID is 4.

25. The first YouTube video was uploaded April 23, 2005. It’s called “Me at the zoo,” and features Jawed Karim, one of the founders, at the San Diego Zoo.

26. A single Google query uses 1,000 computers in 0.2 seconds to retrieve an answer.

27. The original Space Jam website is still live.

28. So is the You’ve Got Mail site.

29. 16% to 20% of the searches Google gets each day have never been Googled before.

30. Chinese social network Sina Weibo has 280.8 million users.

31. Twitter has 250 million users.

32. 500 million tweets are sent every day.

33. Tila Tequila had 1.5 million friends on Myspace.

34. The inventor of the modern world wide web, Tim Berners-Lee, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

35. Mr. Berners-Lee uploaded the first image to the internet. It is of a joke band of women from the nuclear research lab CERN.
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36. The first website is still online.

37. The most commonly searched question beginning with “What is” in 2013 was “What is twerking?”

38. The most expensive keyword for Google AdWords is “insurance.”

39. The GIF format was invented by Steve Wilke, an engineer at Compuserve in 1987. Mr. Wilhite maintains the correct pronunciation of the term is “jiff.” He is clearly wrong.

40.There are 191.3 million Tumblr blogs.

41. There are 83.1 billion Tumblr posts.

42. The most popular Tumblr is the official updates page for Minecraft.

43. Today, the Internet is 8,354 days old.

44.“Gangnam Style” by Psy is still the most viewed YouTube video of all time. It’s been viewed over two billion times.

45. The first email was sent in 1971 by Ray Tomlinson to himself. He doesn’t remember what it said.

46.The first spam email was sent in 1978 over ARPNET by a guy named Gary Thuerk. He was selling computers.

47. The first registered domain was

48. The world record for the fastest time to log into a Gmail account is 1.16 seconds.

49. The world record for fastest texter is held by a Brazilian teenager.

50. This is what Google looked like in 2004:
google 2004
51. 2.58 million people still pay for AOL.

52. It cost AOL over $300 million to mail all those CD-Roms back in the day.

53. At one point, AOL accounted for about 50% of all CD-Rom discs being made.

54. It took only 5 years for the internet to reach a market audience of 50 million users.

55. This is what Facebook looked like in 2004:
Facebook 2004
56. There were over 7 million Geocities sites before it was shut down in 2009.

57. Angelfire is still up.

58. Mark Zuckerberg had a pretty sweet Angelfire page.

59. One million babies have been born from people who met on

60.Online daters spend an average of $243 per year on online dating.

61. 33% of female online daters have had sex on the first online date.

62. 10% of sex offenders use online dating.

63. The Amazon logo is indicating you can get everything from A to Z (look at the arrow):

64.Before the world wide web (the modern internet invented in 1989, people traded ASCII porn on the internet during the ’70s and ’80s.

65. We now spend more time browsing the web on mobile devices than desktop computers.

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