What is the Internet

The Internet is a global network of computers that allows people to talk to each other, send messages, work together, share information, learn information, buy and sell products, play games and have fun. It was conceived by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the U.S. government in 1969 and was first known as the ARPANet. The original aim was to create a network that would allow users of a research computer at one university to be able to "talk to" research computers at other universities. The commercial internet was started in 1983 and it has since gone from strength to strength. The Internet became a main stream media form from the early and mid 1990's, with major web sites such as Yahoo, Lycos, Amazon and Alta Vista being created. The main things the Internet is used for is,

  • to exchange messages by email
  • to read webpages and other documents
  • to chat using packages such as MSN Messenger, Mirc and ICQ
  • to download files such as MP3 audio files

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