Snowball’s 10 facts about the internet.

Running out of tech savvy conversation starters? Find these 10 interesting facts about the internet you probably didn’t know. 

Fear not! Snowball has come up with 10 sensational facts you probably didn’t know about the internet and similar geekery. Save these to your phone, as these are sure to get any conversation headed in the right direction. Especially with those IT nerds that need a bit of social interaction every now and again..

Here we go. Prepare to be dazzled!

 

  1. The first computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart in 1964. The mouse was made up entirely of wood. You can see the mouse on exhibition at the Computer History Museum found in Mountain View in the United States.


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  1. HP, google, Microsoft and Apple have one thing in common, other than the fact that they are all IT companies that all started in a garage. The HP garage can be found in Palo Alto in California and in 2004 HP begun the restoration of the garage for future generations.


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  1. The average computer user blinks 7 times a minute. Thats less than half the normal rate of 20. When you concentrate while performing a near task, like using the computer, the frequency of your blinking decreases, which causes your eyes to dry out. This can cause Computer Vision Syndrome.

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  1. Africa has a total of 140 Million internet users accounted for to date. Which accounts for a mere 7% of the world’s internet users.


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  1. 247 Billion emails are sent daily of which 81% of those are spam.

    Tidbit fact: “Spam” refers to a canned meat product made mainly from ham. The word SPAM became popular in 1970 due to BBC comedy sketch Monty Python, in which the name of meat product was mentioned 108 times. Thereafter sending an irritating, meaningless block of text was called ‘spamming.’


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  1. The first ever message relayed over the internet was “LOG” in the 1960’s at MIT. It was meant to be “LOGIN” but the word was never completed due to a system failure. William Reddington Hewlett graduated from MIT in 1936 and later co-founded the renowned Hewlett-Packard (HP) company with his Stanford friend David Packard.


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  1. There is an average of 58 million tweets per day. The most popular twitter user is Lady Gaga with 19,341,413 followers.


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  1. Google handles 100 billion searches every month, that’s almost 40000 searches every second. Google was founded the same year and month as Snowball, which was in September 1998. We think this is very neat!


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  1. It is estimated that 1 out of every 8 married couples met via an online dating site.
    51% of online dating users are in a relationship, 21% are actually single and 11% are married.


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  1. There’s an estimated 637 million websites, of which over 250 million are blogs. The first-ever website went live on April 30th, 1993. On that same day, 20 years later, the website was relaunched and can be found at its original address: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

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