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Wow, hardly anyone knows what "www" means

Wow, hardly anyone knows what "www" means
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Technology - especially the Internet - has reached the point where you don't have to know how it works to use it. It's the same as a car, TV or telephone - the only time you think about how it works is when it's going wrong, and then you can get someone else to fix it.

That's why I'm not too surprised by the results of this survey from Pew Research Center. It claims to measure Internet users' "Web IQ" with a wide range of questions about Internet technology, practices and people new and old.

If you want to take the quiz yourself, click here and let me know how you did in the comments.

The thing most people were successful at was identifying a photo of Bill Gates (83%). On the other hand, one of the least successful things was identifying Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook (21%).

I was happy to see that people know that a megabyte is bigger than a kilobyte (74%) and what Net Neutrality means (61%). I was surprised so many people knew that URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator (69%), but not surprised that 82% new that hashtags are used on Twitter.

It also wasn't surprising that information from the early days of the Web wasn't very well known, like the first popular graphical Web browser was Mosaic (9%), or that the Internet and World Wide Web aren't the same thing (32%). And only 42% knew that the first college on Facebook was Harvard.

Here's the full chart:

The “Web IQ” of American Internet Users

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