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The Internet and the WWW


Every day and almost at any given time there is one of us Houstonian's doodling around doing something online. We have fun doing this for so many reasons but next time think of this: the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) are not the same, although we (I am guilty of this too) use them in conversation to mean the same thing sometimes. The Internet is a massive network of networks, a networking infrastructure. It connects millions of computers together globally, forming a network in which any other computer as long as they are both connected to the Internet. The (WWW) is a way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet. It is an information-sharing model that is built on the top of the Internet. The Web uses the HTTP protocol, only one of the languages spoken over the Internet, to transmit data. But there is a problem in the cloud and the Web is now starting to shrink.

The Web is dead” proclaims the September issue of Wired Magazine. Chris Anderson (Editor-in-chief, Wired Magazine) states “that the internet predates the Web. The Internet, it was originally created in the 1970’s. And it is the network. It is the wires and the routers that transport digital data. Now, there’s lots of applications that use the Internet. The Web is one of them. And it’s the one we use. But, you know, when you think about it, you know, when you make a Skype call that’s using the Internet but not the Web. If you’re downloading movies via Netflix, that’s using the Internet but not the Web. And over the past decade, the number of applications that use the Internet but not the Web have grown, specifically driven by the kind of the rise of iPhone and iPad and this mobile computing model, so that the Web is now a shrinking minority of the Internet’s traffic”. It seems that we Houstonian's are now on the edge of the next new evolution in our online experiences and some are saying the next step is mobile computing. The Web may not ever go completely away but new things are coming our way and new and better ways of being intelligent.