Word Confusion: Internet vs Intranet vs Web

Posted January 2, 2016 by Kathy Davie in Author Resources, Editing, Self-Editing, Word Confusions, Writing

Internet. Web. Not synonymous. Nope.

The Internet is the framework, a network of servers that holds all the information we find on the Web.

The World Wide Web, web for short, is the information, the pages, the websites. It’s YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google. It’s the medium through which you access your email. Think of the Web as the car traveling the roads of the Internet.

The intranet is a more private Internet. One that is restricted to a particular company or organization.

Word Confusions…

…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.

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Internet Intranet Web
Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: intranet, web; Webopedia

Graphic displaying various types of Internet connections for consumers and businesses.

“Internet Connectivity Access layer” by User:Ludovic.ferre (Internet_Connectivity_Overview2_Access.svg) is under the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons

The framework of the Internet.

Eight figures sitting at computers in a circle

“Computer Team” is by Lumaxart.com as part of a post, “Seven easy intranet improvements to make this month“, via Kilobox Communiqué.

The tight access to an intranet.

Google logo

“Google Logo, 1997” by Google is in the public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Google is one of the best search engines to use when looking for information on the Web.

Part of Grammar:
Plural for noun: Internet
Plural for noun: intranets, Intranets
Plural for noun: web, Web
Usually preceded by the

[Computing] A global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols
[Computing] A local or restricted communications network, especially a private network created using World Wide Web software

  • A computer network with restricted access, as within a company, that uses software and protocols developed for the Internet

[Computing] An internal network that makes use of internet technology

This exploration of Web only addresses its World Wide Web aspects.

Usually preceded by the

[Computing] A way of accessing information over the medium of the Internet

  • An information-sharing model that is built on top of the Internet

Short for World Wide Web

The guide is also available on the Internet.

How fast is your Internet access?

Yes! I have an Internet connection on this blasted island.

Not all Internet servers are part of the World Wide Web.

The Internet is also used for email, which relies on SMTP, Usenet news groups, instant messaging, and FTP.

Many corporations and institutions communicate with employees or members through the use of a private intranet.

If a company grants access to their intranet to other companies or the general public, it is known as an extranet.

Web 2.0 is the second stage of development of the World Wide Web.

“A new bill rocketing through Congress would give the president sweeping powers to police the web for national-security reasons.” – Philip Shenon, “Can Obama Shut Down the Internet?”, 17 June 2010

“Instantly eviscerated by bloggers, the clip was quickly pulled off the web — but not before it could be preserved for posterity.” – Kevin Fallon, “Paris Hilton’s Gay Grindr Gaffe and 8 Other Worst Moments”, 19 September 2012

The Web, or World Wide Web, is basically a system of Internet servers that support specially formatted documents using a markup language called HTML.

Web browsers make it easier to navigate the World Wide Web.

The Web is just one of the ways that information can be disseminated over the Internet.

Noun: ‘net Noun: Web site, webcam, webcast, Webcast, webcaster, webcomic, webisode, weblink, weblog, weblogger, webmail, webmaster, website, webspace, webtoon, webwork, webzine
Verb: web-enable, webcast
History of the Word:
1970s, denoting a computer network connecting two or more smaller networks, from inter- meaning reciprocal, mutual + network. 1990–95, intra- + (Inter)net 1990, Tim Berners-Lee creates the World Wide Web.

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Pinterest Photo Credits:

“Internet Word Cloud” is Dave Braunschweig’s own work under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license, via Wikimedia Commons.