web analytics

Allright. The data is in from 2010, so we’ll get right into the numbers:

107 Trillion. Anyone? Our new fund raising goal next time around? No. Actually, it’s the total number of emails sent in 2010, which works out to an average of 294 billion messages a day which are distributed to nearly 1.9 billion email users worldwide. That’s an increase of over 34% in the number of email users in 2009, or a total of 480 million new users.

Now, you can’t talk about email without talking about SPAM, as SPAM made up the bulk of 2010s email server load, at roughly 89.1% of the total volume. That’s 262 billion unsolicited commercial emails per day.

And speaking of commerce, of the 2.9 billion email accounts worldwide, 25% of those are corporate.

Does anyone have guesses as to the number of websites on the ‘Net as of December 2010? We can quickly see who surfs NetCraft.com on a regular basis.

255 Million, with 21.4 million of those sites having been added in the last year alone.

Of the quarter of a billion web sites out there, 151 million of them were served to us by Apache, 56 million by Microsoft IIS, an impressive 16 million by Engine-X, and another 15 million by Google’s GWS or the Google Webserver. Incidentally, Microsoft’s IIS had stood for Internet Information Server for the majority of its life, but 2010 saw Microsoft really push the new moniker, Internet Information Services. A clever bit of re-branding, I dare say. And nearly as mispronounceable as “Engine X”, which is spelled “N G I N X” is the relative newcomer wrapping up 2010 with just half a percent of websites served, the contender spelled: L I G H T T P D. Cleverness compounded in this case, as it mixes the word Light with HTTPD or the Hypertext Transfer Protocol Daemon. Any guesses on how to pronounce it?

Lightly. Yeah. However it looks to you, ‘Lightly’ saw the largest growth in the web server arena in 2010 with a 55.7% increase in the number of sites hosted since the year before. Apache follows with 39.1% growth, and IIS is in third place with 15.3% growth.

2010 also saw an increase in the number of registered domain names. The numbers aren’t quite in for all of 2010 yet, but as of October 2010, there were over 202 million domain names across all of the top level domains. That breaks down to 88.8 million .COMs, 13.2 million .NETs, and 8.6 million .ORGs. There are roughly 79.2 million country-coded domains out there (things like .uk, .cn and .de). All in all, we’ve got 7% more registered domain names than we did going into 2010.

That isn’t where all of the IPv4 addresses have been going, though. As much growth as we had in the domain namespace in 2010, the majority of the addresses were handed out to the consumers of that content.

In mid-2010, there were nearly 2 billion Internet users worldwide, a 14% increase from the year before. That gives us a total of:

825 million users in Asia.
475 million in Europe.
266 million in North America,
204 million in Latin America and the Caribbean,
110 million in Africa,
63 million in the Middle East and
21 million users in Oceana and Australia.

Something that has also been changing the last few years are the creators of all the content on the web. Early on, the non-research-related content on the Internet consisted of drink recipes and canonical lists of light bulb jokes. Actually, those are *all* valid areas of research.

Let’s start that again. Early on, most Internet content was created by actual users, not corporations. Then the .com boom happened, where every business, entrepreneur, and marketer jumped on the web. We’re now coming full circle, thanks to Social Media and the 152 million blogs that were active in 2010.

25 billion Tweets were sent in 2010. I didn’t have the time to calculate how many of those were Dwight’s.

There were 100 million new Twitter users in 2010, again, I’m not sure how many of those were created to follow Dwight, but I’d guess that number is up there as well.

That takes us to a total of 175 million people on Twitter, of which 7.7 million are following Lady Gaga.

There are over 600 million people on FaceBook, up from 350 million the year before.

Over 30 billion links, posts and photos are shared on Facebook every month, and even though FaceBook is an American creation, over 70% of FaceBook users are now located outside of the US.

And finally, the dark number… Any guesses as to how many FaceBook apps are installed each day?

20 million.

And of course we can’t wrap up this dizzying display of simple math without having at least one per-minute calculation. 3000. Any guesses? I’m looking to Jay Lee or Groovehouse for this one. Over 3,000 images are uploaded to Flickr every minute, adding to the already present 5 billion images.

And the last stat: 110%. That’s the percentage of fun you’ll have at this month’s Geek Gathering. All the other elements of Geek Gatherings past will combine at a new location, Natachee’s Supper ‘n Punch, which is at 3622 Main just a block and a half North of Alamaba. It’s conveniently close to the HCC Ensemble Light Rail Stop and Jay Lee has arranged for free parking in the adjacent lot on Berry Street. All in all, good news for those of us who wish to arrive unfrozen. Hit the Geek Radio site for details and directions, but for now, that if for your Geek Punch’n Percentages and that’s that for BarretTime.

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