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It’s challenging to envision a world without the Internet. After all, a lot of us use the web now to watch movies, communicate with our friends, play games and catch up on current events. But how much do you really understand the Internet and exactly how it works? You might be surprised at all you are not aware of. The Web site Business Insider recently took a fascinating look at the world of the net, paying particular attention to those little factoids that you should but likely don’t know.

Facebook is King

You may know Facebook as that place where all of your friends brag regarding 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 dominates the net in terms of online traffic? It’s true. According to numbers from Hitwise, Facebook accounts for one in every five page views on online. Last year, Facebook soared past the 1-billion-user mark.

The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah

Data centers are essential in the Internet age. Soon Utah will be home to the biggest data center on the planet. As reported by the story on Business Insider, the National Security Agency is now building the world’s biggest data center in Utah. How big will this center be? As stated by the story, it is able to hold a yottabyte’s worth of data. A yottabyte, as you can guess, is very large. According to Business Insider, one yottabyte equals 1,000 zettabytes. It also equals 1 million exabytes.

Streaming is on the Rise

If you stream movies and TV shows using Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus, you’re definately not alone. Reported by Business Insider, more than 50 percent of U.S. resident watch television online. This really is rather amazing considering how relatively new streaming is. The Business Insider story said that residents under the age of 35 have become particularly fond of using the Internet to deliver their favorite TV shows and movies on their tablets and smart phones.


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