The Difference Between The Internet And The World Wide Web


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Think of the Internet as an umbrella. Underneath that umbrella, you will find online gaming, email, IMs, FTPs to share files, and P2P programs that share even more files and Web sites. The World Wide Web is everything that you can see or access from within a Web browser. Therefore, while the Internet is not the same as the World Wide Web, the WWW is definitely a part of the Internet.

Waaayyy back in 1992 when I first got online, things were much different than they are today. The first browser I ever used was Lynx. That allowed me to browse the Internet in text. The first graphical Web experience I had was either using O/S 2 from IBM or Mosaic, which later became Netscape. That first experience was full of stolen .GIFs, and a lot of centered, blue, underlined text. Those underlined text words were, of course, hyperlinks. The pretty blue color turned purple after you had clicked it at least once.

The World Wide Web is a series of hyperlinks. For instance, chris.pirillo.com is one of my Web sites. On there, I may have a link to you. And on your page, you may have links to others. They have links to even more people and places! Soon, we have this giant mish mash of connecting links. Welcome to the World Wide Web!

A Web site is comprised of Web pages, and a Web site resides on the World Wide Web. The Internet, then, is not the same as the WWW, but the WWW is definitely a part of the Internet.

In a poll of our current chatters at live.pirillo.com, 58% listed Web browsing as their favorite Internet activity. 18% chose IMing, 14% chose online gaming, and only 11% listed email as their favorite thing to do online. What is your favorite? What do you think will be the next generation of the Internet? We’re always interested in your feedback and comments.

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  • Dale Knight

    Chris,

    Without a doubt you have the best newsletter and a fantastic web site. I have enjoyed numerous articles written by you and your staff and countless links and downloads. However, may I point out one little thing that is a pet peeve of mine?

    In your article on WWW and Internet you write, “A Web site is comprised of Web pages…” This is a misuse of the word “comprise.” Something is not “comprised of” objects rather it is composed of objects. Comprise implies “of,” so a better use would be, “A Web site comprises web pages, links, articles, etc…”

    This word is commonly and frequently misused along with other words such as parameter, statistic, proactive. anxious, like, ping, and anal.

    Thanks for letting me vent.

    Yours,

    Dale Knight