Congratulations on your web surfing success. You have reached it! Yes, the "Official End of the Internet". Yes, this is the registered, certified, confirmed, and verified "End of the Internet". With over a Billion Websites, or slightly less than a Billion Websites, there must be a last page of the internet somewhere. So welcome, you have found it today, the end of the internet on webpage number 4,823,754,992!
About the World Wide Web and the End of the Internet
Did you know there are resources on the web to actually dive deeper into just such a discussion? For instance, how did the internet get started? Who's in charge of it? Who is the keeper of all those pesky URLs, the official addresses of all websites. What at the Top 10 Websites on the Web based on traffic? How do we know how many websites are out here? As this is the end of the internet, this will be a refresher as you've already read all of these links.
"Who Started the World Wide Web?"
When you are asked, "Who started the WWW?" The quickest answer is often Al Gore. Yep, taken completely out of context, but funny nonetheless. Actually, there is strong support that the first web page was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee. If you are so inclined to know all there is to know, visit the WebFoundation.org website for the history, and how it all began.
"Who is in charge of the World Wide Web?"
So who sets the standards for the web? If you have ever peeked behind a webpage to view the HTML, or did some web building yourself, you may have heard of W3C. What? What's that? The W3C Consortium is an international community of groups and individuals, working together to develop web standards. So, in between the start of the internet and the end of the internet, you'll find W3C.
Similarly, who sets the standards for the URLs - those IP Address names. For readers who really want to know everything about everything, (like yourself that wants to reach every single page, right down to the end of the internet), URL standards are maintained by ICANN. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.
"What are the Top 10 Websites in the World?"
That's a great question, but yes, it changes. For those in the know, Alexa.com is your go-to place to see the stats and learn whatever stats you can about a website. And here at Alexa's top ten, based on today:
"How Many Websites are There?"
So, how many websites are there on the world wide web? According to InternetLiveStats.com there are a Billion websites in the world, more or less, changing daily. After all, everyday someone, in fact, bunches of someones, create brand spanking new websites. And, every day, websites that have been idle for longer periods of time are dropped by their ISP networks and are removed from Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engine listings.
And if there are more or less one billion world wide web sites, how many individual webpages are there? Well, WorldWideWebSize.com estimates about 4.7 billion individual web pages. These stats are pulled together from published and estimated search engine stats. There are also estimates as high as 1 Trillion web pages in the world, since many pages are created, not built out, and in fact, not indexed by the world's search engines.
Now be honest, not just the end of the internet, is that more than you ever wanted to know!
What Happens When People Spend Too Much Time on the Web?
If you've made it this far, all the way to the end of the internet - you have tenacity. If you would like some suggestions to balance your web surfing habits, consider:
- Bake 2 dozen brownies for your kids, grand kids, or neighbor kids. Share freely.
- Step outside your front door. “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.” ~ Bilbo Baggins (J.R.R. Tolkein)
- Turn on a fan or humidifier, grab a good book, and read until you fall asleep. This will be easy because your eyes will be tired from reading every last page of the internet.
- Take the dog for a walk in the park. (Take the cat for a walk by the creek, he'll love it)
- Go to the library and go to the book section with the fewest visitors, to see what you can learn that you can become an expert on what no one else is reading.
- Get out the picnic basket, drop by the store for some cheese, fruit, breads, and your favorite beverage. Head to the nearest park, grove of trees, or quiet overlook to enjoy a calm hour by yourself or with your sweetheart.
- Get out of town for a change of pace.
- Trillian: "Let's go somewhere."
- Arthur: "Where did you have in mind?"
- Trillian: "Madagascar."
- Arthur: "That new club on Dean Street?"
- Trillian: "No, it's a country. Off the coast of Africa."
- ~ the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
- "Boldly go where no man has gone before."
- Set the table with the fine china, the good glasses, and the sterling silverware, on a classic tablecloth. Serve dinner with the whole family present. Even the kids. Who will need to be dragged away from their electronics for the moment.
- You've read the last page of the internet. Take off your glasses. Wash your face thoroughly. Then prepare a hot bubble bath and soak in it for 60 full minutes. With your favorite music in the background. It will seem like days. You will be wrinkled from head to toe when you get out.
Have a wonderful day!
(PS - push the Red Button below - the internet just added another page)