How Many Spiders it Takes to Make a Web?

Today is the fifth annual OneWebDay, raising “awareness of the importance of maintaining the open-networking principles that have made it the success it is.” Tim Berners-Lee in Weaving the Web: “When I first began tinkering with a software program that eventually gave rise to the idea of the World Wide Web, I named it Enquire, short for Enquire Within upon Everything, a musty old book of Victorian advice I noticed as a child in my parents’ house outside London. With its title of suggestive magic, the book served as a portal to a world of information, everything from how to remove clothing stains to tips on investing money.” It also answers one still-burning question: “It would take 27,600 spiders to produce 1 LB. of Web.”

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