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A closer look at how the Internet really works

Business Technology | April 10, 2014

Business Insider recently ran an interesting look at how the Internet works. It’s a interesting report because so many of us have become dependent upon the world wide web in such a short period of time. Most people don’t really know how this massive communications and data tool actually works. Business Insider, though, revealed several interesting details of what really goes on online. Based on 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 merchandise from online auctions. U.S. residents aren’t shy about banking through the Internet, either. As per Business Insider, 33 percent of U.S. residents use their smartphones and Internet for mobile banking. Here are a few more of the most fascinating:

Facebook is King

You might know Facebook as that place where all your acquaintances tell each other about their latest vacations or post daily about the game-winning goal their kid scored for the school soccer team. But did you also know that Facebook pretty much dominates the net in terms of online traffic? It’s true. Based on numbers from Hitwise, Facebook accounts for one in every five page views on online. This past year, Facebook soared beyond the 1-billion-user mark.

The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah

Business Insider also reported the largest 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 eventually store a yottabyte of data. You might not know exactly what a yottabyte is. But it is huge. It equals 1,000 zettabytes or 1 million exabytes, according to Business Insider.

Streaming is on the Rise

Do you stream movies or Tv programs on your TV, computer or tablet? Even if you don’t, the chances are high your next door neighbor most likely does. Streaming has become one of the Internet’s most popular features. As per the Business Insider story, quoting statistics from Harris Interactive, in excess of 50 percent of U.S. residents are using the web to watch TV. Streaming video has grown to be a particularly desired service among the younger customers that are flocking to Web streaming. As per Business Insider, streaming is a major hit among individuals below the age of 35.



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