About the Internet

by TechnoGrannyAnni

in Internet, You and Your Computer

I can’t imagine that anyone hasn’t heard of the Internet – also known as the World Wide Web.  But, just in case … it is a global system, a network of networks, which carries information from computer to computer.

As well as information, the Internet is also responsible for carrying and distributing our emails.  For now, you don’t need to know how it works, but all of this data is ‘carried’ through a series of optical and electronic technologies, and, if you are interested, we will talk more about it later.  Or you can practice using the Internet by Googling the information.

Small beginnings to massive global use Internet origins began in the late 1960s when the US government wanted to create a network that would allow users of a computer at one university to be able to communicate with computers at other universities.  By the mid 1990s, these networks had developed internationally, many of them merged, and they became commercialized at a staggering rate of Internet growth.
The system became so popular that the Internet has been adopted all over the world into virtually every aspect of our modern lives.  This year almost 3 billion people worldwide use the Internet (1.967billion as of June 1st 2010).
That’s almost a third of the world’s population!

Ask any question you choose

There are millions of networks providing information to billions of computers on virtually every topic – whatever you can possibly want to know, you can find out.  You can ‘ask’ your computer just about any question that comes to mind, and then choose from a variety of answers that appear on your screen within seconds.

‘Weirding’ language with GoogleThe technology that finds this information is called a search engine, and the one that is most popular is Google.  You may have heard of it …
You might hear people saying something like: “I’m going to Google a Restaurant for dinner tonight,” or “I’m going to Google Mexico before we go on holiday.”

Sounds a bit like rubbish, doesn’t it?  Google (the noun) the search engine, has all of a sudden turned into a verb.  I remember once reading a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon where Calvin said that “’Verbing’ weirds language,” so I guess that’s what we are all doing now – we are ‘weirding language’ when we ‘Google’ our questions.

So now we need to know how to use this amazing resource.

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