What is the world wide web? – Twila Camp


The World Wide Web, where you’re likely watching this video, is used by millions of people every day for everything from checking the weather, ordering food, and chatting with friends to raising funds, sharing news, or starting revolutions. We use it from our computers, our phones, even our cars. It’s just there, all around us, all the time. But what is it exactly? Well first of all, the World Wide Web is not the Internet, even though the terms are often used interchangeably. The Internet is simply the way computers connect to each other in order to share information. When the Internet first emerged, computers actually made direct calls to each other. Today, networks are all around us, so computers can communicate seamlessly. The communication enabled through the Internet has many uses, such as email, file transfer, and conferencing. But the most common use is accessing the World Wide Web. Think of the Web as a bunch of skyscrapers, each representing a web server, a computer always connected to the Internet, specifically designed to store information and share it. When someone starts a website, they are renting a room in this skyscraper, filling it with information and linking that information together in an organized way for others to access. The people who own these skyscrapers and rent space in them are called web hosts, but anyone can set up a web server with the right equipment a bit of know-how. There’s another part to having a website, without which we would be lost in the city with no way of finding what we need. This is the website address, which consists of domain names. Just like with a real life address, a website address lets you get where you want to go. The information stored in the websites is in web languages, such as HTML and JavaScript. When we find the website we’re looking for, our web browser is able to take all the code on the site and turn it into words, graphics, and videos. We don’t need to know any special computer languages because the web browser creates a graphic interface for us. So, in a lot of ways, the World Wide Web is a big virtual city where we communicate with each other in web languages, with browsers acting as our translators. And just like no one owns a city, no one owns the Web; it belongs to all of us. Anyone can move in and set up shop. We might have to pay an Internet service provider to gain access, a hosting company to rent web space, or a registrar to reserve our web address. Like utility companies in a city, these companies provide crucial services, but in the end, not even they own the Web. But what really makes the Web so special lies in its very name. Prior to the Web, we used to consume most information in a linear fashion. In a book or newspaper article, each sentence was read from beginning to end, page by page, in a straight line until you reached the end. But that isn’t how our brains actually work. Each of our thoughts is linked to other thoughts, memories, and emotions in a loose interconnected network, like a web. Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, understood that we needed a way to organize information that mirrored this natural arrangement. And the Web accomplishes this through hyperlinks. By linking several pages within a website or even redirecting you to other websites to expand on information or ideas immediately as you encounter them, hyperlinks allow the Web to operate along the same lines as our thought patterns. The Web is so much a part of our lives because in content and structure, it reflects both the wider society and our individual minds. And it connects those minds across all boundaries, not only enthnicity, gender, and age but even time and space.

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  • So Vsause did this same thing yesterday. Hmmmm??

  • 0:14 such doge!

  • very clear explanation

  • This isn't the first time Ted has made a video on the same thing as Vsauce right after he did

  • Way to copy vsacue

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  • i understand it a lot better thanks!

  • Do a video on the semantic web, will ya!

  • I love your videos 🙂 Keep it up!

  • You said millions more like billions

  • Not to nitpick, but it would've been nice – nay, polite – to refer to him as 'Sir' Tim Berners-Lee, what with him getting knighted by the Queen for 'services to the global development of the Internet', and all that jazz. Otherwise, great video.

  • surprised by the lack of conspiracy theorists commenting on this video

  • oh that dial up sound takes me back. #old

  • so how i do access the web for free?

  • This is why we need net neutrality. 

  • wow such doge reference 0:14

  • Judging by the comments below…SOME of our brains function like a web. The rest are more like peas with a few incoherent thoughts rolling around and derping forth. 

  • So the connections between the computer and the database of information is known as the internet, but the database of information is the World Wide Web? So, this video is part of the World Wide Web, and the Wifi connecting me to the videos server is the internet?

  • We found this video very useful to understand the concept so we have created a course out of it..

  • Hi Ted! this video is great!
    But can I ask you how does the world wide web work or related with the client server?

  • Must watch…!ty was very helpful..:)

  • What is the World Wide Web?

    The World Wide Web, where you're likely watching this video, is used by millions of people every day for everything from checking the weather, ordering food, and chatting with friends to raising funds, sharing news, or starting revolutions. We use it from our computers, our phones, even our cars. It's just there, all around us, all the time. But what is it exactly? Well first of all, the World Wide Web is not the Internet, even though the terms are often used interchangeably . The Internet is simply the way computers connect to each other in order to share information. When the Internet first emerged , computers actually made direct calls to each other. Today, networks are all around us, so computers can communicate seamlessly. The communication enabled through the Internet has many uses, such as email, file transfer, and conferencing . But the most common use is accessing the World Wide Web. Think of the Web as a bunch  of skyscrapers, each representing a web server, a computer always connected to the Internet, specifically designed to store information and share it. When someone starts a website, they are renting a room in this skyscraper, filling it with information and linking  that information together in an organized way for others to access. The people who own these skyscrapers and rent space in them are called web hosts, but anyone can set up a web server with the right equipment a bit of know-how. There's another part to having a website, without which we would be lost in the city with no way of finding what we need. This is the website address, which consists of domain names. Just like with a real life address, a website address  lets you get where you want to go. The information stored  in the websites is in web languages,
    such as HTML and JavaScript. When we find the website we're looking for, our web browser  is able to take all the code on the site and turn it into words, graphics, and videos. We don't need to know any special computer languages because the web browser creates a graphic interface  for us. So, in a lot of ways, the World Wide Web is a big virtual city where we communicate with each other in web languages, with browsers acting  as our translators. And just like no one owns a city, no one owns the Web; it belongs to all of us. Anyone can move in and set up shop. We might have to pay an Internet service provider to gain access , a hosting company to rent web space, or a registrar  to reserve our web address. Like utility companies in a city, these companies provide crucial  services, but in the end, not even they own the Web. But what really makes the Web so special lies in its very name. Prior to the Web, we used to consume most information in a linear fashion. In a book or newspaper article, each sentence was read from beginning to end, page by page, in a straight line until you reached  the end. But that isn't how our brains actually work. Each of our thoughts is linked to other thoughts, memories, and emotions in a loose interconnected network , like a web. Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the World Wide Web, understood that we needed a way to organize information that mirrored this natural arrangement. And the Web accomplishes this through hyperlinks. By linking several pages within a website or even redirecting  you to other websites to expand on information or ideas immediately as you encounter them, hyperlinks allow the Web to operate along the same lines as our thought patterns. The Web is so much a part of our lives because in content and structure, it reflects both the wider society and our individual minds. And it connects those minds across all boundaries , not only ethnicity, gender, and age but even time and space.

  • Thank you very much 🙂

  • Thank you,Alan Turing & Tim Berners-Lee

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  • How do you make a www website?

  • This was a very useful information Thank you Twila Camp for explaining i was kind of Curious how the WWW work or as we Know is Internet which not but anyway Thank you!

  • What about the deep web and the other type of webs that we normal average humans don't have access to?

  • The internet is for porn and to fornacat with your fellow human being.

  • was anyone else triggered by the dialup sounds?

  • Very helpful

  • This is actually misleading because it assumes that domain addresses and servers are only for the web. Computers are communicating devices, meaning they can both transmit and receive messages and they can do this simultaneously so both can talk together (like a phone call). But they also have the ability of storing information as well as performing calculations. Any software or hardware that can take an incoming message and deal with it automatically (without human intervention) is a server. In the early days of computing there were many types of servers capable of doing different things. Chat servers allowed you to send a message to them that would then be retransmitted to everyone else on the server, allowing chat rooms to exist via IRC (internet relay chat). There were also BBS servers (bulletin board systems) allowing people to publish messages publicly into topic threads which then anyone else could read later on, even after you've left the server. Email servers allowed for private communication, whereas instant messaging servers facilitated real-time private messaging. There were also file servers where you could browse files or upload them. But the web is specifically associated with web servers which tell the computer to display the contents of a directory (folder) in a specific way, allowing files to be arranged and modified on the fly, providing graphical representations of those directories. Think of it like a posterboard project when you were in high school. You get all the material and then you stick it on the posterboard in whichever way you want, adding decorations and modifications. But on the web each individual element can also link to another web server which will display it's own page accordingly. The web isn't a single place, nor do you have to "rent space" to use it, nor does your website even have to be public. You can have a company website that is only accessible to people within your company because it only permits connections from your network. The video tries to simplify something that is already simple to understand and it fails.

  • A simple thing explained in a confusionary mode!

  • what is difference between www&server

  • WWW= WORLD WIDE WEB

  • thakns sir tim berner lee for starting www

  • The world wide web is interesting. I like the way it was compared to sky scrapers. And the the addresses are just like our addresses in our cities. The web belong to no one. I understand the web better after viewing this video.

  • Really informative

  • halt and catch fire brought me here

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  • Those who are acting like a bunch of crabs, those who have prospered off the thing of the Earth and now have the nerve to try to deny me the fruits of my labors. The WWW will go into a whole other realm now for one year straight chaos will fall upon them who are stealing from me, those who made themselves wealthy off my fruits and seeds those who have a controlling spiteful nature

  • The who web will under go a transformation it will be returned to the nature it was intended to be, the web is not exclusive to Earth nor man its creator it's origins goes further back beyond earth creation unfortunately so confused people on this Earth with a controlling nature have decided to act like they own it too or have a right to violate laws that way above those that are here.

  • The angels will begin deploying indestructible servers satellites and towers software beginning with the upper atmosphere then down below

  • strange events will begin to grip the web the "giants" of Earth will learn a lesson they will be dumbfounded what ever is deemed illegal will face judgment even the technology can face judgment

  • since im am a target and the crabs like my ip address and online ventures this will be the point zero Access will be gained via those who accessed my information illegally under universal laws.

  • nice explanation….

  • Explains why I love mah computers so much

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  • Good video

  • Thanks alot!!

  • For me, the internet is just not important. There is no real importance for using it.

  • The world wide web is the slowest network ever. There you go.

  • Nicely created. Well done!

  • Wow cool

  • Internet goes beyond time & space.

  • great video very educational

  • The meaning of world wide web..It means if you are on the earth you are in the web because the earth sorrounded by web(internet.) Www means world wide wed(whole earth).

  • 3:55 😱😱😱😱😱😱 creepy

  • If I search searchweb.com then Web Design shows up with Under Construction.

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  • Mcfly et carlito

  • Nobody calls it that anymore. It's the internet

  • At the end of every teded video, I feel the need to grow more knowledgeable!

  • World wide web is the slowest web ever

  • kan je het ook in het neederlands maken plaese x

  • Why can't my teachers teach the same way

  • A very helpful and educational video, Nice 👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • Bruh, Chrome is faster,better.

  • Done

  • I have seen some other figures rather than www like for example my school has its own website for homeworks etc. But my school address starts with sxd. Instead of www. Are these the same thing that we just dont need to pay a internet service provider as shown in this video?

  • What is the most common use of internet

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  • Y yo como mierda llegué aquí? :v

  • Thanks Britain 👍

  • It’s complicated

  • cool

  • Greetings from 201905121426: 35.698249, 139.771435 Wayward Time travelers, and Space Explorers.

  • well made video

  • wow much weather

  • this will help my with my school test

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  • 1st, The animation is great. 2nd, 3:35. Isn't that boy to young to have a phone?

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