1.Did you know that www.symbolics.com was the first ever domain name registered online?
2. The prime reason the Google home page is so bare, is due to the fact that the founders didn’t know the
HTML and just wanted a quick interface. In fact, the submit button was a later addition and initially, hitting the
RETURN key was the only way to burst Google into life.
3. The inspiration for the brand name Yahoo! Came from a word made up by Jonathan Swift in his book
Gulliver’s Travels. A Yahoo was a person who was ugly and not a human in appearance.
4. Sweden has the highest percentage of its population i.e. 76.9 per cent hooked on to the Internet. In
contrast, the world average is 11.9 per cent and India has a poor 7.2 per cent.
5. The Dilbert Zone was the first comic website on the Internet.
6. A resident of Tonga could have the rights to register domains ending in .to as Tongo’s Internet code is .to.
Such possibilities are fun to consider: travel.to or go.to.
7. The day after Internet Explorer 4 was released, a few Microsoft employees left a 10 by 12-foot Internet
Explorer logo on Netscape’s front lawn with a message that said “We love you” at the height of the browser
wars in the late 90’s.
8. The world ‘e-mail’ has been banned by the French Ministry of culture. They are required to use the word
‘Courriel’ instead, which is the French equivalent of Internet. This move became the subject of ridicule from
the cyber community in general.
9.The English once took it to be an alphabet. The Chinese affectionately term it ‘the little mouse’. The Dutch
call it an ‘elephant’s trunk’, the Germans a spider monkey, the Italians as a snail. It is ‘&’ (ampersand).
10. According to a University of Minnesota report, researchers estimate the volume of Internet traffic is
growing at an annual rate of 50 to 60 per cent.