The internet is big – we all know that: everybody’s heard of it, and most will at one stage or other have dabbled with it. Describing it as ‘big’ though really doesn’t do it justice.
Figures recently released for 2010 show that the internet is far bigger than any of us could possibly have imagined. It’s actually staggeringly large and the numbers involved are so colossal as to be almost incomprehensible. If you can’t get your head around that and think I might have overstated its importance and influence, then just have a look at the following figures and then tell me I’m wrong.
1.97 billion Users worldwide, with 475.1 million users in Europe alone.
255 million registered websites in 2010 (an increase of 21.4 million in the year.)
107 trillion emails sent in 2010.
294 billion emails sent on average each day.
480 million new email users in 2010.
2.9 billion Email accounts worldwide, of which 25% are business users.
89.1% of all emails are spam.
600 million people are registered with Facebook with 70% of users based outside the USA.
175 million people are registered with Twitter – an increase of 100 million in 2010 alone.
25 billion tweets were sent in 2010.
152 million – the number of blogs on the internet in 2010.
20 million new Facebook applications installed each day.
Videos and images
2 billion videos are watched on youTube each day.
20 million videos are uploaded to Facebook each month.
5 billion images uploaded to Flickr in 2010.
36 billion photos uploaded to Facebook in 2010.
So when I said the size of the internet was bigger than you probably imagined, I wasn’t kidding. The figures are so large that I still find them difficult to comprehend. No doubt these figures will continue to grow exponentially, especially as usage in Africa is beginning to pick up momentum. What it all means is really anyone’s guess: the only thing you could safely say is that there will eventually come a time where we are all interconnected. That must surely bode well for business. In the meantime, spare a thought for your computer: if it’s running slowly and makes you want to tear your hair out on occasions, just remember it’s actually got quite a lot on its plate.