Did you know that the internet and the Web are actually two different things? Although the Web is part of your everyday life, there is a lot about how it actually works that might be a mystery to you.
The internet all started back in the 1970s when the government was trying to create a way for computers to talk to each other. That’s right, there was once a time when computers were not connected to the internet! Back then, computers were also the size of a room and rarely had a screen. With the internet connecting all of the computers, the Web (also known as the World Wide Web) was invented as a way to easily view all of the information and connect it.
So, basically, we view the Web by using the internet.
But what exactly happens when you connect to the internet? We’ve created this handy animated infographic so that you can understand what is going on behind the scenes when you click a link online or perform a Google search.
By creating a set of rules that computers could use to talk to each other, engineers named Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf created the internet. The Web was actually invented by a man named Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 to connect all computers like a web by using the handy links that we click on every day.
So, the next time you are using the Web on your phone or tablet, you know all of the steps that happen in the instant that you click on a link. As information travels at light speed through the air or through wires to bring you your favorite shows or videos, your computer is still using rules and technology created over 30 years ago.