Everyone knows about the internet, or at least the majority of the population knows something about it. The internet is a giant global network of interconnected computers that share information. Everyone who knows about the web knows this fact.
But what about the worldwide web? Many people often use the term internet and world wide web, www in short, interchangeably. That is very wrong. These are two different things!
The world wide web is a collection of information accessible via the internet.
Internet vs. World wide web
So, which is which?
The internet is kind of like the main framework. The web is built on top of the internet. A little bit of history: The web was invented in 1989, and by that time, the internet already existed.
The internet was created by computer scientists Vinton Cerf and Bob Kahn.
The two laid out the guidelines for data transfer over the internet that are still used in the modern internet: TCP/IP, Transmission Control Protocol, and Internet Protocol. TCP/IP was developed in the 1970s, but it was actually used as a protocol standard years later, in 1983.
By then, the web was still not yet around. British computer scientist Sir Tim Berners-Lee is the one responsible for inventing the web in 1989. However, its use came some years later.
In other words, take the internet as the basic infrastructure upon which the web, software, was built on top.
Since the web went mainstream in the 90s, it now has a vast amount of users. The web, specifically has been responsible to the wide reach of the internet around the world. Towards the end of 2020, there were an estimated 4.66 billion people on the internet, or around 60 percent of the global population.