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What Ever Happened to the Internet?

Have you ever noticed the different punctuation of the “Internet”? Sometimes it’s capitalized, and sometimes it’s not. Odd.
I was always taught there was The Internet …

The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) to serve billions of users worldwide.


… along with An internet …

Any set of computer networks that communicate using the Internet Protocol.



Check out this article, a recent interview with Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt by Danny Sullivan over at Search Engine Land. In it, the word “internet/Internet” is used 16 times:

  • internet referenced 12 times
  • Internet referenced 4 times

Sometimes, the word is mixed-used within the same sentence and reference. Again, odd.

Maybe the word is being used differently now since internets aren’t as widely talked about these days. Still, shouldn’t there be some sort of consistency?

The folks over at Aching Brian have had enough. Maybe it’s not that big of a deal, but we should just pick one and stick with it.