Thursday, January 10, 2013

What do you really know about the Internet

Business Insider recently ran an interesting look at the way the Internet works. It's a fascinating article because so many of us are dependent upon the internet in such a short period of time. Most people don't really know how this massive communications and information tool really works. Business Insider, though, revealed several interesting facts about what actually takes place online. As stated 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 obtained items from online auctions. U.S. residents aren’t shy about banking on the internet, either. According to 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 intriguing:


Facebook is King


First, take a more detailed look at Facebook. You know it is an extremely useful site for keeping up with your friends and relatives. But did you know, too, that Facebook is the dominant player in regards to online traffic? As stated 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 number of members that Facebook reached recently: As per Business Insider, the social media site now boasts more than 1 billion users.


The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah


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


Streaming is on the Rise


If you stream movies and TV shows using Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus, you're definately not alone. According to Business Insider, in excess of 50 % of U.S. resident watch TV on the internet. That is rather amazing considering how relatively new streaming is. The Business Insider story mentioned that residents below the age of 35 have grown particularly fond of using the Internet to deliver their favorite TV shows and movies on their tablets and smart phones.

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