A closer look at how the Internet really works

Business Insider recently ran an interesting look at how the Internet works. It’s a fascinating account since many people have become reliant on the world wide web in such a short period of time. Most people don’t actually know how this enormous communications and information tool actually works. Business Insider, though, found several interesting facts about what goes on online. As reported by the story, 27 percent of U.S. consumers use their mobile phones and the mobile Internet to shop. Seven percent of U.S. consumers have purchased items from online auction websites. U.S. residents aren’t shy about banking on the web, either. As per Business Insider, 33 percent of U.S. residents use their mobile phones and Internet for mobile banking. Here’s a few more of the most interesting:

Facebook is King

You might know Facebook as that place where all your friends boast about their latest vacations or post daily about that game-winning goal their kid scored for the high school football team. But do you also know that Facebook essentially dominates the web in terms of online traffic? It’s true. Based on numbers from Hitwise, Facebook makes up one in every five page views on the Internet. Just last year, Facebook soared past the 1-billion-user mark.

The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah

Do you know where the largest data center is located? Soon, it will be Utah. As reported by Business Insider, the National Security Agency is now in the process of building a massive data center in the state. As soon as the center is ready for operation, it is going to store an amazing yottabyte of data. Like most of us, you may have no clue just what a yottabyte is. Nonetheless the name is undoubtedly impressive. And know this: A yottabyte of data represents an absolutely massive amount of data. A yottabyte is the same as 1,000 zettabytes or 1 million exabytes.

Streaming is on the Rise

Do you stream movies or TV shows to your TV, computer or tablet? Even if you don’t, the odds are high that your neighbor probably does. Streaming has become one of the Internet’s most widely used features. As per the Business Insider story, quoting statistics from Harris Interactive, more than Half of U.S. residents are using the web to view TV. Streaming video has grown to be a particularly desired service among the younger customers which are flocking to Web streaming. According to Business Insider, streaming is a huge hit among individuals under the age of 35.

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Posted on: 04.11.14