Bet you didn't know this about the Internet

Bet you didn’t know this about the Internet

Business Insider recently ran an intriguing look at how the Internet actually works. This is a interesting article because so many of us are getting dependent on the internet in such a short time. Most people don’t really know how this massive communications and data tool really works. Business Insider, though, found several interesting details of what really 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 purchased items from online auction websites. U.S. residents aren’t shy about banking online, either. As per Business Insider, 33 percent of U.S. residents use their smartphones and Internet for mobile banking. Here are a couple more of the most intriguing:


Facebook is King


We all know Facebook is big. But the social network company is not only big. It rules cyberspace. Business Insider quoted data from Hitwise to determine just how big of a player Facebook has grown to be: Facebook accounts for one out of every five page views on the Internet. Facebook also, in September of 2012, reached 1 billion users.


The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah


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


Streaming is on the Rise


Business Insider quoted Harris Interactive numbers indicating that more than 50 percent of U.S. residents use the web to view TV. This is done through streaming video, and the services are becoming especially used by people under the age of 35. Harris Interactive found that streaming TV shows on the internet — and watching them on smartphones, tablets and other devices — has become the favorite technique for U.S. residents under 35 to watch TV.