By | January 10, 2016

Most people use the terms Internet and World Wide Web interchangeably however, the terms actually mean very different things. The Internet is a bunch of hardware connected together via a worldwide network. In contrast, the World Wide Web includes software that sends information across the internet. Even though the internet and World Wide Web work together they are not the same thing.

The Internet by definition is a vast computer network linking smaller computer networks worldwide (usually preceded by the) (Dictionary.com, 2015). This means it is hardware. The World Wide Web by definition is a system of extensively interlinked hypertext documents: a branch of the Internet (Dictionary.com, 2015). The World Wide Web is just a part of the internet. Items like the Browsers, pages, images and etc. are a part of the World Wide Web.

In 1990 Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web. He designed a graphical user interface (GUI) and gave it the WWW name. This occurred after the national science foundation made an addition to ARPANET and then named it the internet. All of these changes and creations came about because of the governments need to develop a network of computers with universities and defense contractors in 1969. This internet was never intended for public use but overtime this medium became the standard for the world. Now the internet is used by many people on a daily basis and they use terms like the net, the web, and online to refer to it. Yet, many people do not know the actual meaning behind the terms. Take hart, because next time you hear the term Internet or World Wide Web it may just be the first time you understand their origins and relationship.

Q. Williams


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