1996 vs. 2011: The Internet of Yesterday and Today [Infographic]

A new infographic published by Online University takes a look at just how much the Internet has changed since 1996.

In the last 15 years, so much has changed. In the world of tech, this is doubly true. If you think about what the Internet looked like 5 years ago, 10 years ago and even 15 years ago, you know the evolution of the World Wide Web (as it was more commonly known in 1996) at the lightning speed.

The landscape of the world has changed dramatically, but one of the things that has evolved the most since 1996 is the Internet. Social networking services have become increasingly prominent as technology has become more ubiquitous, but the face of the Internet  has changed almost beyond recognition.

An interesting infographic published by Online University takes a look at just how much the Internet has changed since 1996. They writes about the differences: “It’s immediately recognizable: the bad fonts, the spinning GIFs, and all manner of regrettable web design. But that isn’t to say that we don’t look back on it fondly. Indeed, we came of age on that Internet of long ago.”

According to the infographic, the number of Internet users in the U.S. has increased from 20 million to 245 million, while Americans are now using the Web an average of 27 hours per month compared with 30 minutes per month 15 years ago. How times have changed.

The Google network of websites (which didn’t even exist 15 years ago) now reaches 85.1 percent of Internet users. Yahoo! and Microsoft websites reach 83.2 percent and 80.9 percent of Internet users respectively, while Facebook reaches 75 percent of all Internet users. Of these, only Yahoo! was in the top 10 websites based on percentage of users reached in 1996. [Online University via Mashable]

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