The Internet: A budding 15 year old

March 5th, 2009 | Industry

The internet is 15 years old this year. It’s come a long way from my grade 8 days. I can still remember spending hours in a cramped lab of two computers painstakingly typing out long URLs. We visited the first websites in the world on a 14.4 bps dial-up modem to look at magic eye images.

The internet is now a greasy faced teenager that is actually maturing. 2008 was the first time that pornography was not the most popular sector of the net after Social Networking took the title. Now with new helpful tools popping up everyday the internet seems to be turning out nicely and deciding what it wants to do when it grows up.

Right now the focus seems to be on website owners interacting more with its users. Membership and commentable content seems to be the norm for all larger sites. Online dating is showing growth upwards of 25% annually.

The 2.0 trend of greater user interactivity and social aspects have internet traffic growing at rates like never before. With over a trillion pages and counting, the web is becoming something to behold. Yet, with claims that we are running out of global bandwidth and IP addresses lurking around there still may be some growing pains.

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