The Dependability of the Web
A new age is upon us - the computer age. More specifically, the
internet. There's no doubt that the internet has changed how fast and the way
we communicate and get information. The popularity of the net is rising at a
considerable rate. Traffic, the number of people on the web, is four times
what it was a year ago and every thirty seconds someone new logs on to the net
to experience for themselves what everyone is talking about. Even Bill Gates,
founder of Microsoft, a company that really looks into the future in order to
stay ahead of the competition, said the internet is one part of the computer
business that he really underestimated. As one of the richest men in the world
I doubt if he makes too many mistakes. Nobody could have predicted that the
internet would expand at this rate and that's probably the reason why troubles
are arising about the dependability of the web.
As usage soars (some estimate there will be over eighty million users by
the end of 1997) could the internet overload? Even though no one predicted the
popularity of the net some are quick to foresee the downfall or doomsday of
this fade. If you call it a fade. The demand continues to rise and is now so
great that technological improvements are continually needed to handle the
burden that's been created from all of the people using the net.
Their are many things that can lighten the load that's been slowing down
the internet. First, it needs to have a lot better organization because with
over seventy-five million web pages, and rising steadily fast, being able to
pin-point the information you are trying to find is very difficult. It's like
finding a needle in a haystack. When you use a search engine to find
information on a certain topic the search can come back with thousands upon
thousands of pages or sites. Sometimes with over fifty-thousand. Now you have
the never ending task of looking through each site to find what you want. Plus,
with links on most pages people can end up getting lost real fast and not being
able to find their way back. Search engines should develop what I call the
filter down affect. In the filter down affect a broad topic is chosen and then
sub-topics are chosen continuously until the list of sites has narrowed the
search to respectable sites and the information needed. Having better
organization would remove some of the worthless sites around cyperspace from
ending up first in the search engines results.
A second way to lighten the load of the internet is by improving the
time it takes to load a page. The speed of loading a page depends greatly on
the type of equipment, software, how much memory you have, your connection speed,
plus a lot of other factors, but web page designers should make more text and
less graphics, animation, and video because text takes a lot less time to load.
According to an October 1996 survey by AT&T, sixty-seven percent of sites were...