The story of Internet is fascinating. A good overview is provided by the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Everyone has his personal story related to Internet, and as in all stories there is a starting point. When I try to visualize my first experience using Internet, a clear image comes to my mind: the university lab. At that time Gopher was still alive, Netscape was replacing Mosaic, and Altavista was the main search engine. But in the 90s Internet had also a sound, in my case this was the sound of a powerful US-Robotics Sportster 28,800 modem. Since then, Internet has grown exponentially.
An interesting set of numbers that can help to understand the dimension of Internet in 2o11 is provided by the following link: Internet 2011 in numbers. Some of the numbers that mostly attracted my attention are:
- 3.146 billion – Number of email accounts worldwide
- 555 million – Number of websites (December 2011)
- 239.1% – Growth in the number of Apache websites in 2011
- 220 million – Number of registered domain names (Q3, 2011)
- 2.1 billion – Internet users worldwide
- 70 million – Total number of WordPress blogs by the end of 2011
- 2.4 billion – Social networking accounts worldwide
- 1.2 billion – The number of active mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide in 2011
- 201.4 billion – Number of videos viewed online per month (October 2011)
- 14 million – Number of Instagram accounts created during 2011
As we write this numbers, they are already becoming obsolete. In 1965 Gordon E. Moore, observed that computer processing power doubles every 18 months. Recently Mark Zuckerberg estimated that in social sharing: Y = C *2^X (where X is time, Y is what you will be sharing and C is a constant). This is a little bit audacious, but time will tell. What is clear is that the amount of data that will be available in Internet will accelerate in quantity, would be interesting to have a law that will describe the correlation between quantity and quality. Even without the law, let’s hope that the correlation will be approximately 1!
Which is your first experience with Internet? Which story you would like to share?