The internet is full of facts and figures on every subject under the sun, but there are just as many about the internet itself. Here are a few quirky things about the web you probably didnât know:
- For those currently looking at available domain names, they may want to dust off the gold card if they are looking to spend their hard earned savings on certain very desirable names. The most expensive domain name in the world sold for $35 million and is virtualrentals.com .
- Spam is everywhere on the internet and fills our inboxes day and night. It gets its name from the 1970 Spam sketch acted out by the Monty Python theme where the word spam was repeated time and again to the point of excess. Early chatroom users repeated the word on the screen time and time again until they could scroll the text of others off the screen and the word started to be used for excessive and repeated emails.
- The word âblogâ is a combination of the words âwebâ and âlogâ to denote an online diary. The term web log was first invented by Jorn Barger in 1997 and this was then shortened by Peter Merholz in 1999 when he used the phrase âwe blogâ. Blog is now used as both a verb and a noun and those who blog are called bloggers.
- If youâve ever completed any kind of web form youâve more than probably used ones where you can only choose one of the options available. Did you know that these are called radio buttons? If you already knew that, then do you know why? Itâs because they are named after old fashioned car radios where there were a range of buttons to press but you could only press one at a time and the previously used one would pop out again.
- If youâve ever wondered where Google got its name from, well this is the time to find out. Google is actually a misspelling of the word âgoogolâ which is an unusual word in itself. A googol is a mathematical term meaning the number 1 which is then followed by 100 zeroes. The word googol was invented in 1938 by Edward Kasner when he asked his nephew to think up a name for a very large number. He decided he would call this number googol and then decided that any number which was even larger than that would be called a googolplex. Google changed the spelling of googol when they registered their domain name in 1997 and the rest - as they say - is history.
- The very first person in the world to use the internet was Charley Kline. He was at UCLA on 29 October 1969 and used a very early system called ARPANET. He attempted to connect to the Research Institute at Stanford and whilst he holds the award for being the first, it was a brief dalliance as the system decided to crash at the point he reached the letter âGâ of âLOGINâ.
- In the very early days of the internet people were employed to browse through the web and to catalogue all the information they discovered so it could be used on search engines.
- Because the @ sign has become so popular, it was awarded its own Morse Code signal in 2004. To send the @ symbol through this system you will need to communicate:..--.-..Which translates to Dit-Dah-Dah-Dit-Dah-Dit. This was the first piece of Morse Code added since World War I.
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