HTTP is a network protocol for serving web pages.
You can use the following bash script to test HTTP easily:
echo open $1 80 sleep 2 echo "GET $2 HTTP/1.0" echo "User-Agent: Sysadmin Wiki 1.0 (http://sysadmin.wikia.com)" echo "Host: $1" echo echo sleep 2
You need to give it arguments for the server to connect to and the URL to retrieve and then you need to pipe the output to telnet, like this:
./httptest google.com / | telnet