3 Weird Facts About The Complex Vastness Of The Internet

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3 Weird Facts About the Complex Vastness of the Internet

 August 10th, 2015

The Internet is complicated. Chances are you're more than aware of that fact, but do you know just how intricate the sprawling network is? Below are a few interesting facts.

"A Series of Tubes."

U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) made a speech opposing net neutrality on June 28, 2006. In his oration, he used a metaphor to criticize the proposed amendment to a committee bill that would've prohibited Internet providers, such as Comcast, from charging fees to prioritize the data of certain companies in relation to other traffic. He said that the Internet was a "series of tubes," inadvertently ruining his argument. After all, how can the guy who's supposed to regulate the Internet think that it's just "a series of tubes?" Since then, the phrase has become a shorthand way of comically describing the ignorance some have of the Internet.

4.49 Billion

The Internet is staggeringly massive. Currently, there are some 4.49 billion webpages online. Anyone who's acquainted with the vastness of the web would say that that's a fair estimate, but that's a lot more than they might think. Google, the biggest search engine on the internet, has only been able to index some 200 Terabytes (204,800 gigs) worth of data, which is just scratching the surface. It's only 0.004% of the entire Internet. In other words, you can't find 99.996% of the Internet using Google alone.

The Cloud

The Cloud is a form of web page hosting that spreads a site's data up among different cloud hosting servers. That way, if one server goes down, the website can remain operational. Given its obvious advantage over other forms of website hosting services, it should come as no surprise that by the end of the year, end-user spending on cloud services could be more than $180 billion, and that about 87% of companies are currently operating in the cloud. However, a lot of people still don't understand what cloud hosting is. A recent survey found that 29% of people think "The Cloud" has something to do with weather, and that 51% -- the majority of people -- think that the weather affects cloud hosting services.

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