Today there are 480 million more internet users compared to 2016.
There are roughly 3.74 billion global internet users. The current world population is 7.8 billion.
More users doesn’t mean more freedom. The total number of Free countries (that have the least amount of censorship) decreased by 6% from 2015 to 2020.
Asia is home to half of the world’s internet users. Europe is next with 17% of worldwide users. China’s internet users are more than twice the population of the USA.
The most expensive domain name ever sold was LasVegas.com for $90 million.
In 2016 alone, $2.1 trillion worth of sales were related to the Internet.
In 1971, the first email was sent by US programmer and inventor of the email system, Ray Tomlinson. Ray says he doesn’t remember what he wrote.
Two million blog posts are published.
660 million pictures are posted to Instagram.
5.5 billion Google searches are performed.
The first-ever webcam was used to watch a pot of coffee.
The most popular viewing times for the Internet are Tuesdays to Thursdays, 9 AM to 11 AM PST.
Of all the videos published in the last year, 73% are less than 2 minutes long. The most common are webinars, demos and social media videos.
Still online today, Ted Burners–Lee published the first website on August 6, 1991. The site explains the premise of their World Wide Web project, “aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.”
The top five most visited sites are:
Bots make up 51.8% of all internet traffic.
As of January 2020, there are 1.74 billion websites online. Less than 400 million of them have online activity.
The Internet has made us worse than goldfish. The attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds. The average human attention spans was 12 seconds in 2000 and dropped to 8 seconds in 2017. I feel in 2020 we’re probably down to… I wonder what Bob Barker eats for lunch. Probably something with fibre.
The world consumed one Zettabyte of bandwidth in 2016. That’s a thousand Exabytes, a billion Terabytes, or a trillion Gigabytes. I’m not sure about 2020 stats, but I bet it’s spiked with all the streaming services.