Internet trivia for a new year

What do you really understand about the Internet? Sure, you know that the ‘Net lets you view your favorite TV shows, download the greatest hits collection of that hot new band and play word games with friends who live on the other side of the world. But did you know the way the Internet actually works? Probably not. Fortunately, the editorial staff at Website Business Insider are ready to help. The Web site recently ran a feature highlighting a few of the more unusual details of the Internet. Below are some tidbits that may help you boost your Internet IQ.

Facebook is King

First, take a closer look at Facebook. You already know it’s an incredibly useful site to keep up with your friends and family. But are you aware, too, that Facebook is the dominant player in regards to online traffic? As reported by the Business Insider story, and data from Hitwise, Facebook accounts for about one in every five Internet page views. That’s impressive. So is the amount of members that Facebook reached this past year: As reported by Business Insider, the social media site now boasts in excess of 1 billion users.

The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah

Business Insider also noted of the fact that largest data center in the world is now being built in Utah. The National Security Agency is behind this center, and once the data center is completed, it will store a yottabyte of data. You might not know what a yottabyte is. But it’s huge. It equals 1,000 zettabytes or 1 million exabytes, as reported by Business Insider.

Streaming is on the Rise

Do you stream movies or Television shows on your TV, computer or tablet? Even if you don’t, the possibilities are high that your next door neighbor probably does. Streaming has become one of the Internet’s most widely used features. As stated by the Business Insider story, quoting statistics from Harris Interactive, over 50 percent of U.S. residents are now using the web to watch TV. Streaming video has grown to be a particularly desired service among the many younger customers which are flocking to Web streaming. According to Business Insider, streaming is a major hit among consumers under the age of 35.

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Posted on: 01.14.13