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Test Your IQ With The Pew Internet Quiz [Weird & Wonderful Web]

Dave Parrack 30-11-2014

If you’re a regular reader of MakeUseOf then you probably consider yourself something of a geek 10 Websites Geeks of All Stripes Should Bookmark We geeks know what we are and revel in our existence as our place in society grows ever stronger. We are geeks, we are proud, and we're not going anywhere. As the Internet becomes a... Read More . A geek who knows all there is to know about technology and the Internet. But do you, really? It’s time to find out by taking this short quiz from Pew Research.


By answering the 12 questions all about technology and the Internet, you’ll be able to determine how knowledgeable you are on all things geeky. You’ll also be able to compare your results to the representative sample of 1,066 people who officially took the quiz.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Test Your Web IQ


As part of its ongoing commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, the Pew Research Center recently put a sizeable number of Internet users’ geeky knowledge to the test with a quiz related to technology and, in particular, the Web.

The quiz is now online for anyone to take. We couldn’t resist taking it, and we suspect you’ll be similarly inclined to test your knowledge of the Internet. So, we invite you to go and do that right now by taking the Pew Internet Quiz, before coming back here to take a look at the results.


Dissecting The Results


Q1: The Internet and the World Wide Web are the same thing… True or False?

The correct answer is False. Just 23 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Any of you who answered incorrectly should read our explanation of the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web The Internet & The World Wide Web Are Not the Same Thing [MakeUseOf Explains] The two terms "Internet" and "World Wide Web" have been used interchangeably ever since the Internet itself became a household "utility" as common as electricity or cable TV. People talk about "surfing the web" and... Read More .

Q2: Twitter limits the number of characters per tweet to 140… True or False?


The correct answer is True. An impressive 60 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Which suggests that even those people who don’t actively use Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More know about its self-imposed limitations.

Q3: Moore’s Law relates to how many transistors can be put on a computer chip… True or False?

The correct answer is True. A measly 34 percent of respondents answered this correctly, but then they obviously never read our explanation of Moore’s Law What Is Moore's Law, And What Does It Have To Do With You? [MakeUseOf Explains] Bad luck has nothing to do with Moore's Law. If that is the association you had, you are confusing it with Murphy's Law. However, you were not far off because Moore's Law and Murphy's Law... Read More . Those dummies.

Q4: When a company posts a privacy policy, it ensures that the company keeps confidential all the information it collects on users… True or False?


The correct answer is False. A total of 44 percent of respondents answered this correctly. To be fair, it’s a rather confusing question, but it’s important to remember that signing a privacy policy How to Write a Privacy Policy for Your Website Running a website? This guide goes through what you need to know about creating a privacy policy for your website with example text that you can use. Read More doesn’t guarantee your privacy.

Q5: The first widely popular graphical Web browser, released in 1993, was… Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer, Mosaic, or Opera?

The correct answer is Mosaic. This was shows to be the hardest question included in the quiz, with just 9 percent of respondents answering it correctly. This isn’t surprising, but it is rather sad as we owe a debt of gratitude to Mosaic and the people who developed it.

Q6: Who is this technology leader (Picture of Bill Gates)… Steve Jobs, Sergei Brin, Mark Zuckerberg, or Bill Gates?


The correct answer is Bill Gates Is Bill Gates Better Than Batman? [INFOGRAPHIC] It's the question that has been asked time and time again through the ages - is Bill Gates better than Batman? Or does the Caped Crusader come out on top every time? Well let's examine... Read More . A whopping 83 percent of respondents answered this correctly. But, to be honest, we’re a little surprised it wasn’t even higher given Gates’ notoriety as a geek and status as the richest man in the world with a fortune of $76 billion.

Q7: Who is this internet leader (Picture of Sheryl Sandberg)… Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, Meg Whitman, or Arianna Huffington?

The correct answer is Sheryl Sandberg. Just 21 percent of respondents answered this correctly. This is hardly surprising as unless you’re a keen follower of technology news you wouldn’t recognize any of the names offered as possible answers.

Q8: The Apple iPhone was first released in what year… 2005, 2007, 2009, or 2011?

The correct answer is 2007. Just 36 percent of respondents answered this correctly, which we found rather surprising. Apple fan or not, the moment Steve Jobs stood on stage and unveiled the first iPhone Instant Inspiration: Watch Steve Jobs' Greatest Ever Speeches Not everybody is a fan of Apple. Nor was everybody a fan of Steve Jobs, one of the two Steves who founded the company, and the one who turned it from an also-ran into the... Read More was, after all, a turning point for consumer technology.

Q9: Choose the bigger amount of information… A kilobyte or a megabyte?

The correct answer is a megabyte. A whopping 74 percent of respondents answered this correctly. The other 26 percent can be forgiven for making such a simple mistake. However, they should read our guide to memory sizes. Memory Sizes Explained: Gigabytes, Terabytes, and Petabytes in Context How big is a gigabyte? What is a terabyte? Will you ever need a petabyte? Let's explore computer storage sizes in perspective. Read More

Q10: ‘Net Neutrality’ refers to… “The postings on websites that are nonpartisan,” “A promise by users of some websites that they will not make critical comments,” “The way Wikipedia editors are instructed to handle new entries on their site,” or “Equal treatment of digital content by internet service companies?

The correct answer is, “Equal treatment of digital content by internet service companies.” A disappointing 61 percent of respondents answered this correctly. Perhaps if more people understood what net neutrality actually is there would be more of a push to protect it Net Neutrality Explained: This Is What's Going to Happen to the Internet Net neutrality is under attack again, and it's not looking good. Here's what you must know about the repeal of net neutrality and what it means for the web. Read More .

Q11: Which university was the first on Facebook… Harvard, Stanford, MIT, or University of illinois?

The correct answer is Harvard. Just 42 percent of respondents answered this correctly. But then answering it correctly would require you knowing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg attended Harvard Social Media: Did It Really Start With Facebook? [Geek History Lesson] Today, Facebook dominates social media. It's easy to forget that social media was once considered an open field, ready for any to stake their claim. What were those early social networks? What killed them? Read More .

Q12: What does ‘URL’ stand for… Ultra Reliable Linkage, User Responsibility Liability, Unique Rate Limit, or Uniform Resource Locator?

The correct answer is Uniform Resource Locator. A euphemistic 69 percent of respondents answered this correctly. That would surely have been lower if the other possible answers hadn’t been quite so preposterous.

How Many Did You Answer Correctly?


So, how did you do? Did you answer all 12 correctly? Or, like me, did you get one wrong? Be honest and let us know your score in the comments below. And remember, no one likes a liar.

Are you pleasantly surprised that 61 percent of people know about net neutrality? Or are you shocked to discover a measly 23 percent of people know that the Internet and the Web are two different things? Either way, let us know your thoughts below.

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  1. Alan
    December 3, 2014 at 11:17 pm


    Who is this internet leader?

    The Apple iPhone was first released in what year?

    Which university was the first on Facebook?

    You scored better than 90.2% of the public, below 4.7% and the same as 5.2%.

    Not bad for an old guy!

  2. Doc
    December 1, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    "Gates’ notoriety as a geek and status as the richest man in the world with a fortune of $76 billion."

    Wrong. Carlos Slim, owner of Tracfone/Net10/Straight Talk (America Movil), is worth approximately $79.6 billion, beating Gates.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 2, 2014 at 6:57 am

      The figures I quoted may be slightly outdated, but Bill Gates jumped back into the number one spot in 2014 after previously losing the crown to Carlos Slim.

  3. Rokas
    December 1, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    Top 3%. I'm 15

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      Which one/two did you get wrong?

  4. Ramu
    December 1, 2014 at 8:46 am


    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      No gold star for you! ;)

  5. Shashank Shekhar
    December 1, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Wasn't it toooo easy? :P

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      I got one wrong, as the vast majority of people did, so it can't be that easy.

  6. Rekha
    December 1, 2014 at 7:04 am

    11/12 . Missed Mosaic

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm

      Me too! Before my time, so cannot be helped.

  7. JC
    November 30, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    10 out of 12. Don't use Twitter, so for some reason I thought it was 144 characters. And went with Huffington on the basis of hair color, though on reflection she shouldn't be classed as a technology leader.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:17 pm

      I'm not a fan of her, but she probably is influential enough to be classified as a leader in the field.

  8. Kate
    November 30, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I got two wrong, the "Who is this internet leader?" (I had no idea who the person pictured was so I just guessed Arianna Huffington) and the "what was the first university on Facebook" question. I guessed MIT. Still it said I scored better than 95.3% of the public, so I'm satisfied with that. :P

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:18 pm

      You'll never forget which university Mark Zuckerberg attended now though, eh :)

  9. james Bruce
    November 30, 2014 at 9:21 pm


    Got Mosaic wrong, had no idea who that woman was, and apparently I'm not as big of an apple fanboy as people think I am :)

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      Nah, you're still an Apple fanboy. You must have just been having an off day. I also got Mosaic wrong. Before my time.

  10. Sudeepto
    November 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Got one wrong . Moore' Law.

    Pew Pew.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Shameful! No, not really, it's not exactly mainstream knowledge.

    • Prosthetic Lips
      December 27, 2014 at 3:45 am

      I, also, missed Moore's Law. My gripe is how it is worded. I don't believe it relates to how many transistors *CAN* be put on a chip, implying a physical limit, but how many transistors *WILL BE* put on a chip, forecasting forward -- a guess as to where we will be in the future.

      Pedantic, eh? But 8/12 is ok, I got almost all the ones I cared about. I don't really care about what the CEOs look like, as they change every few years. Missed when the iPhone came out; I'm bad with dates. The final miss was the university; I use FB, but don't really care what university Zuckerberg went to (haha).

  11. eric jay
    November 30, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I was torn between sandberg and mayer. 11 of 12. You scored better than 98.7% of the public, below <1% and the same as 1.1%.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Better than 98.7% is pretty damn good. You should be proud of your geekiness.

  12. snesfan
    November 30, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    got 10 out of 12, meaning I scored better than 95.3% of the world. got 7 and 11 wrong. Didn't know 7, but was a slip up on 11.

  13. dragonmouth
    November 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    12/12. Got Sandberg by process of elimination. I know what the others look like.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:21 pm


  14. Shubham
    November 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    11 out of 12. Missed Sandberg. In top 1%.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      She seems to have been a common mistake amongst our readers. So you're definitely not alone.

  15. Bern
    November 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I got 11 out of 12- I missed Sandberg- ID'd her as Huffington. I was able to rule out Mayer and Whitman, but Sandberg & Huffington were not that highly identifiable for me.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Have you looked up a picture of Huffington since? That's a face that's hard to forget ;)

  16. John
    November 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    12/12 You scored better than 99.8% of the public, and the same as <1%. That was too easy.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Nice! Not many people getting all 12 correct. But lots of honesty around here, which is good.

  17. Eileen Souza
    November 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    12 out of 12 but 2 were SWAGs.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      12 out of 12, eh? Nice. What the hell is a SWAG when it's at home. I'm clearly not down with the kids.

    • Eileen Souza
      December 4, 2014 at 12:13 am

      SWAG is an acronym for Scientific Wild-Ass Guess and it is very old slang.

  18. stefan
    November 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

    hey i got 8 out 12 . not bad for me 'cause i've never goto highschool. i've learned everything about computers and tech from MUO.
    Q5: i thought the first graphical browser was netscape. my first wrong answer.

    Q6 and Q7: Iam too poor at remembering names
    Q11: i just forgot that "" was founded at Harvard university as a college project

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      8 out of 12 is a highly respectable score. I think most people got Mosaic wrong. And the Facebook Harvard one is a very easy mistake to make.

  19. Hildy J
    November 30, 2014 at 3:42 am

    I missed two, under protest.

    On Q7, I could have identified the four women with their associated companies but I have no idea what they look like. Gates, Jobs, Balmer, Woz, and Cerf (but only because I worked with him for a time at MCI) - beyond that I couldn't pick any tech luminaries out of a lineup.

    The other mistake was my bad - I forgot Zuckerberg went to Harvard. All in all, not bad for a retired techie.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      10 out of 12 isn't bad! You worked with Vint Cerf? That's much more impressive than anyone getting 12 out of 12 in an Internet quiz.

    • Hildy J
      December 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Not that impressive, I was a peon on an MCI task force bidding on the first mobile spectrum offering. We came in third but only the top two won - AT&T and Sprint. Cerf was a consultant on the bid.

  20. Alex D.
    November 30, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Hooray, in the Top 3% Percentile. Got #5 and #7 wrong. I was torn between Netscape and Mosaic. Unfortunately went with my first gut instinct of Netscape.

    • Dave Parrack
      December 3, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Scoring in the top 3% is pretty damn impressive, regardless.