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Web Reaches New Milestone: 100 Million Sites

     
6:37 pm on Nov 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Netcraft, an Internet monitoring company that has tracked Web growth since 1995, says a mammoth milestone was reached during the month of October.

"There are now 100 million Web sites with domain names and content on them," said Netcraft's Rich Miller.

[cnn.com...]

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darn .... so many webs so little time

congrats to us?

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was anyone here among those initial 18000?

all I had in 95 was a tilde account at my university.... which I wish I still had ;)

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Yep - I had a dot com domain back in 1995 and making cash on what I sold :-)
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In 1995 (or around that time) I had a tilded account too with a site about VRML. It was a decent site (almost an authority) with a lot of inbound links. Over time, and through some stupid accident, I lost that site completly, and I don't use the internet provider that gave me that url anymore. I never had any commercial considerations to doing web sites until 2-3 years ago, when Adsense happened.

Man, I could use that site now for a little bit of SEO shots in the arm.

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Ah that explains why when I try to gzip the internet it's perpetually at 99% ;)

Bath, England? Really? Lot's of little facinating things come out of there.

I'm still waiting for Google maps to get higher resolution images for that part of the country so I can see the chalk horse in the hillside :)

[edited by: amznVibe at 8:57 pm (utc) on Nov. 1, 2006]

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I wonder how many of those sites use Adsense ;)
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Drill down, and the stats are not that impressive. 67,366,432 of the websites are about Britney Spears.
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...It took until May of 2004 to reach the 50 million milestone; then only 30 more months to hit 100 million, ...

Someone point me to the slow lane please.

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Congrats to the Internet, ahh me!
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Site #100,000,000 belongs to me, just in case anyone was wondering. ;)
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... or how many of those sites "with content on them" are spam, splogs, or parked search+advertising pages ...
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was anyone here among those initial 18000?

If July 1995 counts, yes.

I'm going to break a rule and post the name, since I don't own it any more and it now belongs to a pretty high-profile organization that we can't avoid linking to... The domain was live.net.

My San Diego Baycam which was on that domain started as a ~ site at a local ISP in 1994, and was if not the first outdoor webcam, certainly one of the first.

[edited by: jtara at 12:36 am (utc) on Nov. 2, 2006]

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Thank you to all the Search Engines. So I can find something.
12:38 am on Nov 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That would be 87,378 websites and 99,912,621 clones, yes?
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Thank you to all the Search Engines. So I can find something.

When I first downloaded Mosaic, that was not a problem. I think there were about 50 websites!

Now, what search engine is it where you can actually find something? ;)

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take adsense out and the numbers will drop to 1 million :)
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then dump swimsuit, lingerie, politico related and p*rn sites and suddenyl we're down to 10,101? :)
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was anyone here among those initial 18000?

yes. The first few sites I made (in 1995) predate archive.org, which is in internet terms, "prehistoric". At the time, the web was already a huge phenomenon - I guess 18000 would have seemed like a really big number back then.
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I just looked-up the first ISP I used in San Diego. Their domain name was registered in 1988. Now THAT'S prehistoric!

My first Internet access was fairly limited. When I lived in Michigan, I installed PPP software on my IBM PC (yes, a *real* IBM PC...) and was able to access the Internet through a dial-up connection to my university. (Though, at the time, anyone with the right software could do this at no cost.) There wasn't any web. I was able to FTP and download software. It was very exciting. Really.

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jtara - I remember that domain live.net :-) I visited a bunch of times - I forgot why now but there was something interesting there...was cool that it was in San Diego (which was warmer than where I was) - I also liked to visit to look at the technology...
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Bath, England? Really? Lot's of little facinating things come out of there.

I'm still waiting for Google maps to get higher resolution images for that part of the country so I can see the chalk horse in the hillside :)

You wait until they process Dorset, particularly Cerne Abbas <BG>

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I now officially own .00000144% of the entire Interweb.

[edited by: SlyGuy at 5:05 pm (utc) on Nov. 2, 2006]

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Make that 100 Million and One.
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update that: 100,000,009 as of this morning

this is a perfect place to keep a running total. Let's do that.

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was anyone here among those initial 18000?

Most definitely, had already been constructing sites for 4 years!

I hadn't realised there were that few, there certainly seemed to be plenty of competitiveness in optimisation then.

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was anyone here among those initial 18000?

Yep... had several. The best part in those days was being able to register/obtain domain names for free. ;)

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I had a personal site domain back then, but never used it. Too bad I did not keep it active, as 3 letter domain names now are just about impossible to get.

But that was just a passing thing, from what I recall about all you had to do to register a name was submit it with a valid address, so I just did it for grins and forgot about it.

I did not register any real ones (ie ones that were actually used) until late 1996 but I think even then there were only like 100k sites. We are still using that one.

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It would be interesting to know the distribution of the 100M sites according to the Pagerank