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How big is the internet survey

 
How big is the Internet? Is a question which is often asked. There isn’t a single answer but there are lots of measures which give a feel for the scale of things out there.  Pingdom, have an interesting blog post which draws together quite a few statistics that measure the size of the Internet in differnet ways, Things like

  • How many emails are sent around the world?
  • How many websites are there in the world?
  • How many web servers are there?
  • How many domain names are there?
  • How many users are there?  And where are those users?

The Pingdom summary of internet statistics from various sources provides some very interesting stats. While over at Physorg.com there is a more theoretical look at Internet growth.

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YouTube has created two central hubs for every member of Congress and every member of the Senate. The new hub pages include a map of the United States which allows users to quickly access video from both senators and representatives.

The YouTube House Channel   The You Tube Senate Channel

The latest Nielsen Online report (.pdf) shows the most popular online retailers for the Q4, 2008 Christmas period (October to December) in the UK,  and how they and the key online retail sectors fared compared to Christmas 2007.

The top 10 Online retailers as ranked by Nielsen Online together with their Year on Year (2007 to 2008) Growth percentages are

1   Amazon ……………… 18%
2   Argos…………………… 32%
3   Tesco…………………… 15%
4   Play.com……………… 35%
5   Marks & Spencer… 46%
6   Littlewoods ………… 66%
7   Currys ………………… 35%
8   ASDA …………………… 53%
9   John Lewis  ………… 31%
10 Next  …………………… 38%

Renesys the internet intelligence provider has an interesting blog post looking at top Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Renesys is good reference source because their reports are based on hard facts and objective analysis.

Here are the top 13 in terms of  globally,  geography and market segment.

1  … Sprint
2  … Level 3
3  … Verizon
4  … NTT
5  … Global Crossing
6  … Savvis
7  … AT&T
8  … Telia
9  … Tata
10… Qwest
11… Cogent
12… China Telecom
13… Tiscali

See the Renesys blog post of the report here.

PIR.org who run the .orgistry announced yesterday that more than 7,000,000 .org domains have been registered.

From the PIR.org .org press release

“This is a significant milestone for .ORG, as it has consistently grown 20% percent year over year since its management by Public Interest Registry,” says Alexa Raad, CEO.  “.ORG continues to be the domain of choice for individuals and organizations who seek to brand their efforts under a globally trusted and respected address.”

Almost 16.5 million households in the UK now have internet access, an increase of 1.2 million since 2007, the latest official figures show.  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the new figure represented close to two-thirds of UK households.

The BBC has more

The Scotsman has a summary of the IMRG internet retailing report

“The e-retail sales index shows internet shopping has comprised 17p in every £1 of retail spending this year, compared with 15p last year. And is predicted to reach 50p in every £1 by 2014

Chart.info has just released the 2008 .info gTLD market share map as with the the 2007 .info gTLD market share map it provides a visual snap shot of where .info is beginning to dominate and countries where there is more interest in other gTLD extensions. 

In two of the largest markets Canada & the UK, the number of .info registrations have now passed .org

At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, The Grid is a new network, in effect a parallel internet, is now built, using fibre optic cables that run from Cern to 11 centres in the United States, Canada, the Far East, Europe and around the world.

The power of the grid will become apparent this summer after what scientists at Cern have termed their “red button” day – the switching-on of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the new particle accelerator built to probe the origin of the universe. The grid will be activated at the same time to capture the data it generates.

The grid has been built with dedicated fibre optic cables and modern routing centres, meaning there are no outdated components to slow the deluge of data. The 55,000 servers already installed are expected to rise to 200,000 within the next two years.

Britain alone has 8,000 servers on the grid system meaing in theory any student or academic will be able to hook up to the grid rather than the internet from this autumn.

The London Times has details on The Grid 

Up 75% on January 2007 UK online spending of £4.5 billion the equivalent of £74 for every person in the UK according to IMRG (Interactive Media Retail Group)

The BBC has more