10 Amazing Records Set on the Internet
1. Lady Gaga: Most Twitter Followers
With close to 27 million followers (26,823,122), the Queen of Pop beats out even Justin Bieber for the distinction of most followed person in the Twittersphere. These two headliners are followed by Katy Perry, Rhianna, and Britney Spears in the category of Top Five.
2. Justin Bieber: Most Popular YouTube Video
With 755,479,979 hits, Justin Bieber’s rendition of “Baby” served to top him out as the most viewed YouTube video. Giving him a run for his money in the non-music category was the viral favorite “Charlie Bit My Finger”, with 464,588,601 views.
3. Symbolics.com: The Oldest Internet Site
The first domain registered on the internet was Symbolics.com, secured by the Symbolics Computer Corporation on March 15, 1985. Compared to the over 192 million websites of today, it was the first of only five websites to be registered that year.
4. Llanfairpwllgw-yngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-Llantysiliogogogoch.com: Longest One Word Domain Name
Domain names can contain up to 63 characters, a parameter which lends itself to some silly choices, thelongestdomainnameintheworldandthensomeandthensomemoreandmore.com being one of them. However, Llanfairpwllgw-yngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-Llantysiliogogogoch.com takes the cake as a legitimate one word domain. Unbelievably, it is the actual name of a town in Wales!
5. Mount Everest: Location with the Highest Webcam
At a height of 5,643 metres, the highest webcam in the world was placed atop a mountain peak overlooking Mount Everest, by the Italian Scientific Committee. This may sound more exciting than it actually is – for much of the rainy period which begins in November of each year, the webcam primarily delivers pictures of clouds.
6. The Royal Wedding: Most Requested Internet Data
With 2.5 billion people eager to watch, the marriage of Kate Middleton and Prince William on April 29, 2011 received the most requests for internet data, in one form or another, ever recorded. Far exceeding the attention received by Michael Jackson’s funeral, the wedding trended on Twitter, resulted in 6.8 million Facebook posts, and elicited 5 million news story views per minute – in addition to the 1.6 million people who streamed the event live!
7. South Korea: Country with the Fastest Internet
No wonder 96% of cellphone users in South Korea take advantage of internet access! This country tops the chart, enabling users to connect at speeds of 17 Mbps compared to average global speeds of 2.3 Mbps. Japan rates second with connection rates of 9.1 Mbps while the U.S. lags behind in 13th spot with a mere 5.8 Mbps.
8. Insure.Com: Priciest Domain
The website Insure.com sold in 2009 for a whopping $16 million, earning it the distinction of being the priciest domain to date. The site, which provides life, health and car insurance quotes, beat out Sex.com for this honor. The later was bought for $14 million in 2006 by Match.com founder Gary Kremen.
9. Oreo Cookies: Most Facebook Likes in a Day
The Guiness Book of World Records cites Oreo as the winner of the most Facebook likes on a single post in a 24 hour period. The black and white cookie famously recorded 114,619 likes, and spurred on the competition. Most notable was the rapper Lil’ Wayne whose campaign netted him 588,243 of the sought after thumbs up. This response garnered global attention, especially when Guiness officials stood by Oreo as the winner – explaining that competitors need to register in order to be in the running for a world record.
10. Gary Thuerk, Joel Furr and Ken Daignean: Co-creators of Spam
Spam is a household word to all computer users, but what is the origin of those dreaded, unsolicited e-mails that clog up your inbox? Spam was born in 1978 when marketer Gary Thuerk made use of a mass email to get the word about new computer systems, to 400 account holders. However, credit for coining the term ‘Spam’ to refer to this type of email belongs to Joel Furr who first used it in 1993 – drawing his inspiration from the reprehensible canned meat which received its name from contest winner Ken Daignean in 1937.