Are you interested in how the internet is being used and by whom? Do you love numbers? Pingdom, a company that performs website monitoring, compiled a heavy-duty blog post containing tons of relevant (and somewhat west of relevant) numbers on internet usage during the year 2009. Now, I cannot really testify regarding the support for the numbers, because Pingdom does not list its sources. But, assuming a kernel of truth, these are still pretty impressive and there are some fascinating factoids, to be sure. Did you know that 90 trillion email were sent. I guess email isn’t dead, or at least no one has told it yet. There were 234 million web sites and 187 million domain names across the top-level domains. That is a lot of surfing. There were 173 billion internet users and they are NOT concentrated in North America (Asia wins).
Check out these social media numbers (taken from the post):
- 126 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
- 84% – Percent of social network sites with more women than men.
- 27.3 million – Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November, 2009)
- 57% – Percentage of Twitter’s user base located in the United States.
- 4.25 million – People following @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher, Twitter’s most followed user).
- 350 million – People on Facebook.
- 50% – Percentage of Facebook users that log in every day.
- 500,000 – The number of active Facebook applications.
Guess blogs aren’t dead yet either.
Check out the entire list of stats at Pingdom’s blog (link here). Thanks, Resource Shelf, for the tip.