A closer look at how the Internet really works

It’s tough to imagine a world without the presence of Internet. After all, so many of us go online now to watch movies, converse with our acquaintances, play games and catch up on current events. But how much do you know about the Internet and exactly how it works? You might be surprised at everything you don’t know. The Web site Business Insider recently took an intriguing look at the world of the web, paying special attention to those little factoids that you should but likely are not aware of.

Facebook is King

You may know Facebook as that place where all your friends brag to each other about their latest vacations or post daily that game-winning goal their kid scored for the school football team. But do you also know that Facebook pretty much dominates the Internet in terms of online traffic? It’s true. According to numbers from Hitwise, Facebook accounts for one out of every five page views on the Internet. This past year, Facebook soared past the 1-billion-user mark.

The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah

Do you know the location where largest data center sits? Soon, it will be Utah. As outlined by Business Insider, the National Security Agency is now in the process of making a enormous data center in the state. As soon as the center is ready for operation, it is going to store an amazing yottabyte of data. Like most people, you probably have no clue what a yottabyte is. But the name is certainly impressive. And know this: A yottabyte of data represents an absolutely large amount of data. A yottabyte is the same as 1,000 zettabytes or 1 million exabytes.

Streaming is on the Rise

Do you stream movies or Tv programs to your TV, computer or tablet? Even if you don’t, the odds are high your neighbor likely does. Streaming became one of the Internet’s most widely used features. As per the Business Insider story, quoting statistics from Harris Interactive, more than 50 percent of U.S. residents are now using the web to watch TV. Streaming video has become an especially desired service among the younger customers which are flocking to Web streaming. According to Business Insider, streaming is a huge hit among individuals under the age of 35.