What you didn’t know about the Internet

Business Insider recently ran an intriguing look at how the Internet really works. This is a fascinating report because so many people are dependent on the web in such a short time. The majority of us don’t really know how this enormous communications and information tool actually works. Business Insider, though, found several fascinating facts about what actually goes on online. As stated by the story, 27 percent of U.S. consumers use their mobile phones and the mobile Internet to shop. Seven percent of U.S. consumers have obtained items from online auction websites. U.S. residents aren’t shy about banking online, either. As per Business Insider, 33 percent of U.S. residents use their smartphones and Internet for mobile banking. Here are a couple more of the most intriguing:

Facebook is King

We all know Facebook is big. But the social media company is not only big. It dominates the web. Business Insider quoted data from Hitwise to find out exactly how big of a player Facebook is now: Facebook accounts for one in 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 reported of the fact that 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 completed, it will store a yottabyte of data. You might not know just what a yottabyte is. But it is huge. It equals 1,000 zettabytes or 1 million exabytes, as reported by Business Insider.

Streaming is on the Rise

Business Insider quoted Harris Interactive numbers indicating that more than 50 percent of U.S. residents use the Internet to view TV. This is done through streaming video, and the service is becoming especially used by people younger than 35. Harris Interactive discovered that streaming TV shows from the web — and watching them on smartphones, tablets and various other devices — has become the favorite method of U.S. residents under 35 to watch TV.