How does the internet amass the huge amount of info and resources and other content seen on it?

Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2019 10:54 am
Hi. I am just a bit curious about this. I've been using the Internet for years. There are literally billions of things searched for and displayed online via the Internet. It's a vast resource of info, but it's not all-inclusive or comprehensive, and it should not be your only source of info. It's not going to tell you everything.

I've learned this when I was doing research on certain things. The Internet can direct you to certain resources you can use outside of it, which help you get the info you are looking for.

How does the internet amass the huge amount of info and resources and other content seen on it?

How do companies and other parties properly format all the stuff they have online so that it's Internet-compatible?

Please help. Thank you.
Reply Fri 19 Jul, 2019 05:44 am
People add the information. They do it for fun or because they want to sell something, or it's a part of their job, or even to gratify their egos. For governments, it could even be in response to a new law or a court order requiring some information be made available online. There's also an altruistic streak in a lot of people, and you are seeing it in action. That is, a lot of people get satisfaction from helping others.

How does the information get there? Web hosting for websites, and good old html and javascript for coding. A lot of people use interfaces and don't touch the code. Get a Google account and add your website. Google will send bots to crawl it and it will get indexed.

And, eventually, particularly if the content is truly informative and helpful, people like you will find that content.

Now multiply that by over 20 years of popular (that is, not academic or experimental) internet plus millions of people who want to contribute and you have quite literally trillions of webpages to choose from.
Reply Fri 19 Jul, 2019 09:38 am
Thank you Jespah.

Someone on Yahoo! Answers gave me this link:


How do major companies and other parties archive their OLD STUFF online? Do they have vaults that they retrieve their old stuff from?

How do companies make things like clip art and vector art and stock images and screenshots and showcase them online?
Reply Fri 19 Jul, 2019 10:12 am
This is going to be long but hopefully it'll give you some detail and perspective.

All I can tell you is how the company I work for does it.

We have blog posts which go back to 2014 and any number of them are outdated (for example, they might refer to a business that is no longer a client, that sort of thing). They're also not too terribly well-written.

As a result, my team and I (I'm the Content Manager, so I'm in charge of, among other things, the blog) are auditing the entire blog. For really old stuff, some of it is being updated and the writing is getting tightened up. If there are big changes, we'll announce at the top that it's an update. That way, it doesn't look like in 2014 we were talking about a client we didn't get until 2018 (we're not psychics! Wink ). For others where it doesn't pay, we'll leave them alone.

We choose the topics to update by if either they are answering common questions we get from clients or they've got decent search traction. But with a five-year-old blog post which doesn't answer any questions and no one is searching for, we just don't bother.

Currently, those don't need to be archived as they aren't big. But I imagine eventually we'll pull them completely off and set up redirects from the old URLs to newer, better, more current content.

If/when we do that, we most likely won't need to retrieve that stuff, and might even delete it outright. But if we really, really needed to keep it (if in the one in a billion chance any of it was part of a lawsuit), we would need a server for just that stuff. And that can run up costs. So for us, it most likely wouldn't be worth it.

For businesses which have to hold onto older content in archive format, they can conceivably buy server after server. If it gets expensive, they might even hire some company to handle that ancient content. I imagine there are companies which do that (I have no information on the specifics of that). But you can see how this can run into the thousands if not millions per year. For many businesses, it would pay to audit their old content and at least get rid of duplicates in an effort to cut costs.

As for the images stuff, we have an in-house design guy who is actually in Bangladesh (so his time zone is something like 12 hours off mine). We buy stock images from sites like Shutterstock and, if there's a way or a reason to modify them, he does that. So I might want him to add wording and he does that.

Last week, we were working on trucking content and we had a great picture of a guy in a truck, but the truck was red. No big deal, except we have a branding guideline and we favor more blues, cool greens, and grays (which are the kinds of colors most people associate with financial services companies). So he used (I am guessing) Photoshop to change the truck's color from red to blue. For wording, I'm pretty sure he uses Adobe InDesign. I also have InDesign (I had it when I was hired; the company doesn't pay for my copy although they might pay for his), but I don't do designing as he's far, far better at that than I'll ever be.

I don't know if he created the update of our logo. I know the logo was originally bought from a contractor on Fiverr. But I doubt the update was done the same way. However, I'm not privy to how that was done, so I can only guess.

Images are stored in lots of places, including via WordPress (which is how the blog is put together). For non-blog stuff, it's probably still stored via WordPress and, ultimately, somehow via our hosting company. Once we have a lot of stuff and things start to really slow down, we'll probably weed through it and discard or compress a lot of the images. I know on the older posts, they weren't compressing the images, so that's another reason we're auditing the blog.

I realize this is probably a lot more than you wanted to know, but that's how we do it here. And now if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to it!
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