SuperPower: Visualising the internet



To connect to the internet you need a computer, a modem and a connection to the phone or cable network.

To get online you need

  1. a computer,
  2. a modem and
  3. a connection to the internet
This can also be done via a mobile phone.

To connect to the internet you need a computer, a modem and a connection to the phone or cable network.

  1. The person types a web address in their browser.
  2. This prompts the computer to contact a network of DNS servers which hold the address of millions of web servers around the world.
  3. Once the DNS server identifies the location of the webpage it sends it back to the computer.
  4. The computer then contacts the server and requests the web page.

To connect to the internet you need a computer, a modem and a connection to the phone or cable network.

  1. To speed the transfer of data over the network, it is split into small chunks known as packets.
  2. These are sent on different routes around the internet.
  3. The packets are re-assembled in the web browser to show the complete page.

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The internet by numbers

Internet users in the world

1,700,000,000

E-mail messages sent today

284,200,000,000

Blog posts today

633,333

Google searches today

3,033,706,984

The counters display estimated figures based on various data sets.

Source: Realtimestatistics.org

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The counters display:

  • An approximation of the number of new connections added to the internet. At current rates, this is approximately six per second.
  • The number of e-mail messages sent from 00:00 GMT each day. The figure includes spam.
  • The number of blog posts since 00:00 GMT each day.
  • An approximation of the number of Google searches done since 00:00GMT each day.

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