Celebrate World Wide Web day (1 August) by getting caught up in our quiz! Can you surf your way to a 5/5?

#1. It’s at the start of every link, but what does HTTP stand for?

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) forms the foundation of communication for the World Wide Web. It allows for hypertext documents, which contain links to other webpages.

#2. When did the World Wide Web get up and running?

Tim Berners-Lee first got a working system up and running in 1990. This included websites and also a browser called WorldWideWeb.

#3. True or false? The World Wide Web and the internet are the same thing.

False. The World Wide Web is a name for all the websites on the internet, but there are plenty of other things on the internet too, like messaging apps and online games, that do not use the World Wide Web.

#4. An emoticon uses characters, such as letters and punctuation, to make facial expressions. When was the first use of “:)” to mean a smiley face?

Incredibly, poet Robert Herrick wrote in 1648, “Tumble me down, and I will sit Upon my ruins, (smiling yet:).” Many (though not all) experts think this is the first use of “:)” to mean a facial expression.

#5. About how many websites currently exist on the web?

As of 2023, there are about 1,100,000,000 websites on the internet! But 82% of these websites are inactive, meaning only about 200 million websites are actively maintained and visited.

Was I right?


Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!

Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!

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