The term World Wide Web in reference to the Internet did not come about for the sheer sake of phonetically pleasing alliteration. The Web in World Wide Web may have originated as a metaphor by definition, but the term holds a great deal of literal truth when it comes to the inner workings of the Internet. When imagined on a grand, overlooking scale, the Internet works very much like that of a spider web. The connectedness of all the websites that comprise the Internet and the manner in which they can take any user from anywhere in the world wherever they desire to go with just clicks and typing truly resembles the capabilities of a real web. And much like a real spider web, a person using the Internet can quickly become tangled in the World Wide Web.
There can be many reasons for why or how a person becomes tangled in the Web of the Internet. One common reason could be the type of link tag they clicked. A link tag is the tool that connects one website or document to a different external site or document. Link tags can often be appealing to the common Internet user, especially if it is a CSS tag, which is the property that enables a link to have color, a different font, or some sort of background that helps it stand out among the other text on a page. Many website designers will link CSS to HTML or create HTML anchors to include external documents within a given document on a website. Links in HTML can often include a HREF target, which specifies how a particular link is opened. If the HREF target is set to open links in a new tab, navigating through the various pages can be relatively easy and manageable for the Internet user. However, if an HREF target is set to open each link in a new window, an Internet user can soon find themselves tangled in the Web on an unexpected odyssey.
Though link tags can sometimes cause confusion, they are also an undeniably useful tool of the Internet. They are designed to connect two similar websites or documents, benefiting both in the process. Links can lead to online discoveries that an Internet user may not have made otherwise, and thus they are perpetuating the connectedness of the World Wide Web.