WebSockets is a new protocol that allows for real-time communication. It piggybacks along a regular HTTP request and opens up a bidirectional data link. Every time we open up a broswer we innundate our networks with HTTP requests. Most of us don't even notice we're opening these kind of requests. Even if it's a transparent window through to the internet, most of us don't even realize that we're spending most of our time on the browser, transmitting every little piece of date through port 80.