Internet trivia for a new year

What do you actually understand about the Internet? Sure, you know that the ‘Net enables you to watch your favorite TV shows, download the greatest hits collection of that hot new band and play word games with friends who live on the other side of the world. But do you know just how the Internet really works? Most likely not. Luckily, the editorial staff at Web site Business Insider are ready to help. The Web site recently produced a feature highlighting a number of the more unusual details about the Internet. Here are a few tidbits that will help you boost your Internet IQ.

Facebook is King

We know Facebook is big. But the social media company isn’t just big. It dominates the net. Business Insider quoted data from Hitwise to find out exactly how big of a player Facebook is now: Facebook makes up one out of every five page views on the Internet. Facebook also, in September of 2012, reached 1 billion users.

The Biggest Data Center is Rising in Utah

Business Insider also informed us the largest data center in the world is now being built in Utah. The National Security Agency is behind this center, and once the data center is complete, it will store a yottabyte of data. You might not know what a yottabyte is. But it is massive. It equals 1,000 zettabytes or 1 million exabytes, according to Business Insider.

Streaming is on the Rise

If you stream movies and TV shows using Netflix, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus, you’re hardly alone. As reported by Business Insider, more than 50 percent of U.S. resident watch TV through the Internet. This is rather amazing considering how fairly recent streaming is. The Business Insider story stated that residents below the age of 35 have grown especially attracted to using the web to deliver their favorite TV shows and movies on their tablets and smart phones.