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.
- At 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
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).
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.
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
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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However, 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.