According to whatis.com(a
dictionary of computing and networking terms), the Internet is:
a worldwide system of computer
networks - a network of networks in which users at any one computer can,
if they have permission, get information from any other computer (and sometimes
talk directly to users at other computers).1
E-mail (electronic mail)
and the World Wide Web (also called the Web) are two of the most
popular features of the Internet.
Other parts of the Internet include
Mailing lists (sometimes called
Listservs) using e-mail.
Telnet or remote login. (Many
library catalogs are accessible via telnet (Illinet
Online, for example).
FTP or File Transfer Protocol.
Allows you to send and receive files between computers.
Chat. Allows real-time communication
between users. There's Yahoo Chat,
is the World Wide Web?
|According to the Chicago Tribune:2
As of mid-1999, there were approximately
million publicly indexable web pages (about 15 terabytes).
The web also includes approximately
The most comprehensive search engine,
Northern Light, covers only about 16% of publicly indexable web pages.
Another popular search engine, Hotbot, covers about 11%.
What is a search
(This definition is a direct
quote from whatis.com.)3
On the Internet, a search
engine has three parts:
A spider (also called
a "crawler" or a "bot") that goes to every page or representative
pages on every Web site that wants
to be searchable and reads it, using hypertext links
on each page to discover and read
a site's other pages.
A program that creates
a huge index (sometimes called a "catalog") from the pages that have been