Monday, January 31, 2011

State of the Internet


Some interesting stats about the current state of the Internet from Focus.com (with my comments in blue)...

Email

  • Used by 1.9 billion people
  • There are 2.9 billion known email accounts
  • 25% of email accounts are business or corporate accounts
  • 294 billion emails are sent daily
  • In 2010, 107 trillion emails were sent (as a number, that's more than seven times the size of the U.S. national debt)
  • Spam accounts for 89% of all email (I bet closer to 95% of my email is spam)


Websites

  • There are 255 million websites
  • 21.4 million websites were added in 2010, representing 8% of all websites
  • There are 109 million domain names
  • 7 million domain names were added in 2010, representing 6% of all domain names (what's really incredible is that there are any domain names left)


Internet Use

  • The Internet is used by 2 billion people
  • The number of people using the Internet increased 14% in 2010 (amazing that usage is continuing to grow at this rate)
  • The leading web browsers are Internet Explorer (47%), Firefox (31%), Chrome (15%), Safari (5%), and Opera (2%) (for all of the hype Apple generates, one would think Safari would enjoy greater share)
  • Internet use is greatest in 
    • Asia (42%)
    • Europe (24%)
    • North America (14%) (Wow!  I would not have guessed North America would trail Asia and Europe by this amount)
    • Latin America/Caribbean (10%)
    • Africa (6%)
    • Middle East (3%)
    • Australia/Oceania (1%)
  • Spam is greatest in 
    • Europe (39%)
    • Asia (34%)
    • Latin America/Caribbean (13%)
    • North America (10%) (I also would not have guessed North America would be underrepresented in spam - of course, the amount of offshore spam also suggests that there's not much we'll be able to do about it)
    • Africa (3%)
    • Australia/Oceania (1%)


Social Media

  • There are now 600 million Facebook users (gulp)
  • In 2010, 250 million Facebook users were added (big gulp)
  • Every day, 20 million Facebook apps are installed
  • 70% of Facebook users live outside of the U.S. (conversely, this means that 58% of the U.S. population is using Facebook)
  • During 2010, 100 million Twitter accounts were created
  • During 2010, 25 billion Tweets were sent
  • There are 152 million blogs


Online Media

  • Every day, 2 billion videos are watched on YouTube
  • Every minute, 35 hours of video is being uploaded to YouTube
  • Videos are watched by 84% of Internet users (how can 16% of Internet users spend any time online and avoid video?)
  • Only 14% of Internet users have uploaded a video
  • Every minute, 3 thousand images are uploaded to Flickr
  • More than 5 billion images are hosted on Flickr
  • More than 36 billion images were uploaded to Facebook in 2010 (this has gotta be a typo... right?)
So what does all of this mean for your business?  No matter what kind of business you operate, you better get wired or you will get wiped out.

3 comments:

  1. Great post Matt, certainly some staggering numbers. I'm a little shocked Europe beat out North America in volume of Spam.

    More interesting numbers around Safari, Apple now enjoys a nearly 11% install base of OS X in the U.S., however, still lag on a global level of only around 5% (http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2010/03/mac-os-x-north-american-installed-base-almost-11.ars). So that usage number is relatively inline until you consider that Safari is also available for the PC... (note: this comment written on my Mac Pro using Firefox ;) )

    -c

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  2. One of our graphic designers was quick to point out that Firefox is the preferred browser for Macs. If so, that's a little surprising to me.

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