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5:41 pm on Jan 27, 2009 (gmt 0)

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1 Billion Internet [pcmag.com] Users Online
Internet metrics company comScore on Friday reported that the number of worldwide Internet users in December topped 1 billion users, the first time that barrier has been breached.

The key metric in the number of users is that most of them are from Asia, predominantly so: 41 percent, compared to 28 percent in North America and 18 percent in Europe. Although a sizeable percentage of Europe speaks English in some capacity (as does Asia), the numbers indicate that most of the world's Internet traffic will most likely be communicated using some non-English language. China, for example, had 179 million users, topping the list of wired countries; the U.S. was second, at 163 million. Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom rounded out the top five.

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But, WHY?

Probably LOLcats.

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I was watching a video a few months back that contained BIG numbers for the Internet. I jotted a few of those down...

100 billion clicks per day
55 trillion links
5% of global electricity used by Internet
255 exabytes of information
7 terrabytes of data transferred every second (20 terrabytes per second at Library of Congress)

Those are some staggering numbers, especially that 55 trillion links. These were numbers based on the years 2007/2008 I believe.

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I'd be more interested in a top 5 languages than top 5 countries, for traffic consideration. Japan and Germany may be in the top 5 countries but I'm sure Japanese and German are not, while Spanish is very ubiquitous.

Anyone has those firgures?

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255 exabytes of information

I remember seeing a "growth of the internet" table that showed the early/mid-nineties internet amounted to less than 100 Gigabytes, which is 1/10th of my hard drive now. Rich media was largely absent back then though.

1 billion users

Luckily Ipv6 was thought of years ago...

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Are these guys really talking about human 1 billion users, or are they talking about 1 billion computers with internet connections?

1 billion human users seems high to me.

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How did they weed out the bots from the humans? Given that a lot of what's on the net updates via script are those scripts and bots being counted ?
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almost 25% of the planet
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oops! more like 14% [tinyurl.com...]
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55 trillion links

Does that count the one above?
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Anyone has those figures?

I would hope this link could stay as they surely put some time into assembling all the data for the breakdowns. Really a piece of art...

Internet 2008 in Numbers
[royal.pingdom.com...]

They claim 1,463,632,361 The number of Internet users worldwide (June 2008).

Their numbers are through 2008. I'm still trying to locate that video I watched. It was actually a Keynote Speaker at a conference somewhere. They were discussing the Internet and all the REALLY BIG numbers involved.

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People who put out numbers like this never weed out bots. Every time I have come in and cleaned up stats for a company and showed them only the human visitors they are very disappointed and would prefer to have it put back because it makes them feel better about themselves.
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I was wondering why I keep maxing out at a billion unique visitors a day! Whata relief.
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not convinced with the numbers of users in Asia, and also what constituts a user ? someone whom is online at home, or just at work or school, or have used a computer online once in a cafe, etc.
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I use one computer at home and another at office. Do I constitute two users!?
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I was wondering why I keep maxing out at a billion unique visitors a day! Whata relief.

Likewise!

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they are very disappointed and would prefer to have it put back because it makes them feel better about themselves.

that's like telling your wife to keep faking it.

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in fairness, if everyone is using the same inflated standard, you are doing yourself a disservice by publicly using the realistic one.

Internally, use the accurate figure. Once you know she's faking it, the only way is to find a better way to push her buttons!

Nice image by the way Neal

[edited by: Shaddows at 4:54 pm (utc) on Jan. 28, 2009]

 

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