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What is internet?

It is hard to imagine our modern lives without Internet, which has become the main source of information and entertainment. Learn what internet is and about its history.

Internet is a worldwide web of connected computers that covers the world. Presently up to two hundred countries are connected by this web, because of the millions and millions of personal and business computers are a part of it.

what is internet

Internet facts

  • internet interesting factsAt least a half of the population of our planet has heard the name “Internet”
  • Over forty percent of all people living in our age are its active users
  • More than 3 billion people are using Internet for leisure or for work
  • Internet has amazing economic, communication and social impact
  • It has changed the way we work, they way we date or find love and make friends
  • It has altered the way we search information and the way we buy products
  • Daily people launch up to 20% of unique searches (they have never been done before)
  • First YouTube video was loaded in 2005
  • Daily people send half a billion tweets

History of Internet

  • history of internet1962
    It’s odd to think, but the history of Internet is short. The concept of Internet was conceived by somebody called Licklider. He’s got this idea of connecting all the PCs in the world into a one large network which would enable people to exchange data and learn fast. Back in 1962 he started the first research on the subject. As you may see, the idea is pretty young (just little over 50 years old).
     
  • 1969
    Thomas Merrill was the first one to put this idea into practice and he has done it just three years later. He connected two computers and got amazing results: they operated nicely and functioned well together. Of course, the computers back then were not as common as they are now. The first computers were connected into a network called Apparnet, which later on grew into Internet. This happened in 1969.
     
  • 80ss
    This first network was a closed one, but ten years later the term “internetting” came on scene and the idea of open network was put into practice. For the first decade Apparnet was mainly used by military, scientists and NASA. Later on they connected these broken pieces together. At the end of 80ss Internet grew up to be a large computer network. Finally, in 90ss internet went global and even developing countries started getting connected to it. Presently, Internet has turned into a huge global network of PCs connected to each other trough landlines, routers or satellites. One of the major advantages of internet is the fact that computers remain interdependent and its operators are able to choose the communities, sites and networks or media to connect or register with, use or interact with. 

History of Internet in Africa

  • internet in africa 1995
    Africa got on board of the Internet in the later part of 90ss of the last century. It all has started in Uganda, where they used Russian satellite to get connected back in 1995. Just two years later Internet got into Guinea, Rwanda and Cote d’Ivoire. Presently, there are some companies that aim to get all the African countries including Nigeria connected to each other in one large network space. Specifically NEPAD's ICT Broadband Infrastructure Network has set this goal of uniting Africa in cyberspace.

Importance of internet

The effect of Internet on the world is astonishing. It has change the way people approach business and personal life; the way they handle advertising, marketing and sales; they way they entertain and date. Most of all it has affected the way people handle and share information. Millions of people all over the world got the opportunity to enroll and get distant education from the best universities. Hundredth thousands of people get online to make their living. They can work from home and improve their financial situation, getting clients from distant parts of the globe. Business limits and going overseas has become much easier with the era of Internet. These internet advantages are crucial and valid for all spheres of life.

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internet in our livesHowever, there is nothing perfect in life. Internet has created certain problems as well. One of them is caused by viral online attacks. Those creating viruses have easy time spreading them around in the cyberspace. Both personal and business computers get hacked or infected with these programs; people lose their data; identity theft has become more possible. Millions of dollars have to be invested into protection and antivirus software.

The importance of internet is not in question anymore. Our world would not be the same place without it. In Nigeria you can use it to get the latest news, business contacts and information, to make personal acquaintances and meet someone special. You can download music or watch movies and have fun online. New technologies are very powerful. What you need is to learn how to use them for your good; how to get more education and work coming your way; or using them to grow your business and family wellbeing. Smart internet users always find vital benefits and new opportunities through this network.  

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Internet today an integral part of society. Now no one can imagine life without him. With the Internet are all structures, production company. Also correspondence via paper and envelopes are passed in the past. Very convenient to communicate with relatives living thousands of kilometers away via Skype. Today the Internet takes the main place in the world. Even in school children a great assistant in training. No need to spend a long time in the library stacks perelystuvaty encyclopedias schoyu find information.

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Student
Answered 1 year ago.

About! The Internet is simply super a thing! It helps in many respects and often rescueed me in many vital situations. On the Internet it is possible to work on labour exchanges or to look video, to listen to music, to study foreign languages or to do homeworks. In general, the Internet is not easier entertainment. Though, the Internet has also minuses. Many children not reached 18 years - look a pornography or others not the things necessary to them without the knowledge of their parents. Often people become dependent on the Internet and it badly comes to an end for their health.

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Newbie
Answered 1 year ago.

what is the Internet. There are two sides - technical and humanitarian. From a technical point of view, the Internet is just a collection of globally dispersed hosts (computers, each of which has its own unique IP address) , interconnected by routers (nodes with more than two channels) . From a humanitarian point of view, the Internet is a new dimension of culture, a new way of storing and sharing knowledge and information, a new way of existence of mankind itself, if you will. The technical side of the Internet comes to the development and use of protocols for communication between hosts (IP, TCP, SMTP, HTTP, etc.). On the other hand, the use of the Internet provides mankind unprecedented opportunities, but at the same time generates a lot of new problems.

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Answered 1 year ago.

Frankly speaking, my life without Internet is dull and full of difficulties. Working as a teacher I use Global Net non-stop. I need it for making lessons, for putting marks to my students and getting or sending e-mails from or to my school administration. I am online from 8 am to 11 pm and most my colleagues too. Internet technologies grew into people's lives and it is already inseparable part of us and our activities. Modern technologies are developing so fast, who knows, probably in twenty years we all will live in a virtual world.

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Answered 1 year ago.

Nowadays Internet is not only studying but it is certainly additional earnings in our life. I cannot seem my day without it. For example I am working as engineer in power plant, in addition I earn money with internet like freelancer. I read various and interesting articles from it. I have lots of foreign friends, but I have not possibility meet with them. Although, Internet help to connect everywhere and of course with everybody. So, if I want to speak with somebody, I have always boundless possibility. It is also my opinion and my outlook about internet. I cannot imagine without WWW.

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Answered 1 year ago.

My brother is sociologist. He does big and complex science work (I mean dissertation) about the influence of world web on all the humanity. He said: "Nowadays social networks/net communities/forums/blogs/ become even more powerful than some world governments and military. Internet makes our earth spin around more and more and more quickly! Like superman does it in old movie but much faster". Every event small/big, important/inconsiderable birth/death/war/olympic games or million other events is appears in internet in seconds - now we all lose our privacy by using WWW, but get instead something different - a lot of useful and useless data. Internet is great power in arms of billion people.

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Answered 1 year ago.

Internet is a mechanism changing our life. It happened to become peoples' heritage. I appreciate and personally adore Internet because of its speed, numerous offers and conveniences it gives. One needn't to wait too long or research archives to get information. Simplest click - you'll get tickets, clothes, food, new apartments, furniture and else more you desire. One don't have even to get up from a chair or go outside. But with its influence people stay at home, don't communicate and our social interactions got damaged.

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Answered 1 year ago.

Although internet brings a lot of useful information in our lives, still there are some people, who think another way. They don't expect this brand new way of collecting and getting information. Some people think that it is rather bad way of dealing with information because of lots of unuseful information contained there. To my mind, when people have a serious attitude to get what they need - they should check the information in different sources and have their own mind according it. In this way everybody will find something rahter important for him.

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Student
Answered 1 year ago.

Internet in the most profound fundamentally all the reflection of the universe has turned. So how it affects your everything from money to communicating that I really is surrounded. How is it, my life could not exist financially, as credit cards are are directly dependent on it.

Social networking sites - separate a shelf in our conversation, all communication comes upon them. What is to read the for Twitter, I can not be without him. For Facebook is probably could talk endlessly, friends have long has ceased be limited to calls, message with a smilies selection line have become more successful and cheerful)

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Newbie
Answered 1 year ago.

Internet brings a huge amount of useful information to our modern world. A billoin people including me been spoiled by free info which is web world. It taught me more knowledge than high school, no exaggeration.

The importance of the internet is lays on each of us. If your seeking for wisdom, you'll spend hours studying things you wanna learn about and the result of your searches will amaze. I urge to use this opportunity with a brain, internet can damage and can be a window to priceless positive and interesting knowledges.

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Student
Answered 1 year ago.

Internet - a global "spider's web" without which we can not imagine life. He became such an integral part of life that we use it even when take food. Small children once learned to use the mobile gadgets are beginning to explore the internet. Now just enter a search phrase or beloved questions and find many answers to it. The modern world is built so that a single moment people can not spend not available to the Internet. It seems to me that a couple of years so strong network vkorinytsya in everyday life that we can not even zamityty you start simply "live on the Internet."

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Answered 1 year ago.

Nowadays internet truly changes our live, but lets ask ourselves is it for good or visa verse? I deem it is the second answer because social networks they are driving all of us far apart. We count that we are living in the social new world but in fact internet takes form us the most important thin, live communication. We are launching to lose sight of how it is to talk to real human decent beings and we are becoming loners. But on an other hand there are tons of useful information to which in a different way we should never have a n access. So we can some to conclusion that internet has its moments.

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Student
Answered 1 year ago.

Internet changed everything. Nowadays, society can not imagine life without it. For me, Internet - it is work, information and communication with people. I get any information per minute. Previously, I look in books, ask experts, spend lot of time. Internet helps people become erudite and more educated. But there is problem, that often gets in Internet false information, can not be true. Also sites, social networks and forums, we replace real communication with their family and friends. Use internet, but don't forget about real life.

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Answered 1 year ago.

The answer might sound like "international net of communication". Today internet means for all humankind probably more than even mobile connection or TV. Disconnect a serious company from internet - and you will stop its work. No connection through internet – no work in huge stores, in clinics, on factories. Many things (to our luck or unfortunately?) depend on internet. It replaces most people newspapers and magazines, being the source of news. It’s the best stuff against your blue mood: having IT connection? You can watch amusing programs. It is the tremendous help for disable: they can study online and do not leave their homes. However, internet might become a real curse – it “draws” into its net billions of people, who forget their duties and “musts”. Internet is the Big Blessing for wise people, but it can be turned into a Big Evil, if you do not control yourself.

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Answered 1 year ago.

The Internet has really changed our life but it is still difficult to answer in which way. On the one hand we have free access to any kind of information and news. But on the other hand it has bad influence for our health. The Internet has changed the life of Africa in a good way. People have more opportunities to communicate with each other, to develop business and to use it for entertainment. If no Internet people still will not find out about many usefull and interesting things. In conclusion we cant imagine our life without Internet.

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Answered 1 year ago.
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