The Internet In 2012: 634 Million Websites, 2.4 Billion Users
Internet 2012 in numbers (Royal Pingdom)
“There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it’s impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but we’re going to give it a shot anyway. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What’s the most popular web browser? How many Internet users are there? These are some of the questions we’ll answer for you.
To bring you these answers, we’ve gone to the ends of the web – wherever that is – and back again, and compiled a list of truly fascinating facts about the year that was. Some of the numbers are snapshots taken during the year, others cover the entire period. Either way, they all contribute to giving us a better understanding of Internet in 2012. Enjoy!
- 2.2 billion – Number
of email users worldwide.
- 144 billion – Total email traffic
per day worldwide.
- 61% – Share of emails that were considered
- 4.3 billion – Number of email clients
worldwide in 2012.
- 35.6% – Usage share of the most popular
email client, which was Mail for iOS.
- 425 million – Number of active Gmail users
globally, making it the leading email provider
- 68.8% – Percentage of all email traffic that was spam
- 50.76% – Percentage of all spam that was about pharmaceuticals, the top category
of all spam.
- 0.22% – Share of worldwide emails that comprised some form of phishing
Web pages, websites, and web hosting
- 634 million – Number of websites
- 51 million – Number of websites added
during the year.
- 43% – Share of the top 1 million websites that are hosted
in the U.S.
- 48% – Share of the the top 100 blogs
that run WordPress.
- 75% – Share of the top 10,000 websites that are served by
open source software.
- 87.8 million – Number of Tumblr blogs
- 17.8 billion – Number of page views
- 59.4 million – Number of WordPress sites
around the world.
- 3.5 billion – Number of webpages
run by WordPress viewed each month.
- 37 billion – Number of pageviews
for Reddit.com in 2012.
- 35% – The average web page became this much larger
- 4% – The average web page became this much slower
to load during 2012.
- 191 million – Number of visitors to Google Sites, the number 1 web property
in the U.S. in November.
- -6.7% – Decline in the number of Apache websites
- 32.4% – Growth in the number of IIS websites
- 36.4% – Growth in the number of NGINX websites
- 15.9% – Growth in the number of Google websites
- 246 million – Number of domain name
registrations across all top-level domains.
- 104.9 million – Number
of country code top-level domain name registrations.
- 329 – Number
of top level domains.
- 100 million – Number
of .com domain names at the end of 2012.
- 14.1 million – Number
of .net domain names at the end of 2012.
- 9.7 million – Number
of .org domain names at the end of 2012.
- 6.7 million – Number
of .info domain names at the end of 2012.
- 2.2 million – Number
of .biz domain names at the end of 2012.
- 32.44% – Market share
for GoDaddy.com, the biggest domain name registrar in the world.
- $2.45 million – The price for Investing.com, the most expensive
domain name sold in 2012.
- 2.4 billion – Number of Internet users
- 1.1 billion – Number of Internet users
- 519 million – Number of Internet users
- 274 million – Number of Internet users
in North America.
- 255 million – Number of Internet users
in Latin America / Caribbean.
- 167 million – Number of Internet users
- 90 million – Number of Internet users
in the Middle East.
- 24.3 million – Number of Internet users in Oceania / Australia
- 565 million – Number of Internet users
in China, more than any other country in the world.
- 42.1% – Internet penetration
- 85,962 – Number of monthly posts by Facebook Page
s in Brazil, making it the most active country on Facebook.
- 1 billion – Number of monthly active users
on Facebook, passed in October.
- 47% – Percentage of Facebook users that are female
- 40.5 years – Average age
of a Facebook user.
- 2.7 billion – Number of likes
on Facebook every day.
- 24.3% – Share of the top 10,000 websites that have Facebook integration
- 200 million – Monthly active users
on Twitter, passed in December.
- 819,000+ – Number of retweets of Barack Obama’s tweet “Four more years”, the most retweets
- 327,452 – Number of tweets per minute
when Barack Obama was re-elected, the most ever.
- 729,571 – Number of messages per minute
when the Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo saw 2012 finish and 2013 start.
- 9.66 million – Number of tweets during the opening ceremony
of the London 2012 olympics.
- 175 million – Average number of tweets sent every day
- 37.3 years – Average age
of a Twitter user.
- 307 – Number of tweets
by the average Twitter user.
- 51 – Average number of followers
per Twitter user.
- 163 billion – the number of tweets
since Twitter started, passed in July.
- 123 – Number of heads of state
that have a Twitter account.
- 187 million – Number of members
on LinkedIn (September).
- 44.2 years – Average age
of a Linkedin user.
- 135 million – Number of monthly active users on Google+
- 5 billion – How many times per day the +1 button
on Google+ is used.
- 20.8% – Usage share of HootSuite as a social media management tool
among the world’s top 100 brands.
- 1.2 trillion – Number of searches
on Google in 2012.
- 67% – Google’s market-leading share
of the U.S. search market (December).
- 1 – The top trending question
of the year on Ask.com: “Will Rob and Kristen get back together?”
- 1.1 billion – Number of global smartphone subscribers
- 6.7 billion – Number of mobile subscriptions
- 5 billion – Number of mobile phone users
- 5.3 billion – Number of mobile handsets
- 1.3 billion – Number of smartphones
in use worldwide by end of 2012.
- 465 million – Number of Android smartphones
sold in 2012, a 66% market share.
- 31% – Percentage of the U.S. Internet population that used a tablet or e-reader
- 13% – Mobile share of global
- 5 billion – Number of mobile broadband subscriptions
- 1.3 exabytes – Estimated global mobile data traffic
per month in 2012.
- 59% – Share of global mobile data traffic that was video
- 500 megabytes – Amount of monthly data traffic consumed
by the average smartphone.
- 504 kbps – The average mobile network connection speed
globally (all handsets).
- 1,820 kbps – The average mobile network connection speed
- 14 million – Number of Vimeo users
- 200 petabytes – Amount of video played
on Vimeo during 2012.
- 150,648,303 – Number of unique visitors for video to Google Sites, the number one video property
- 1 billion – PSY’s Gangnam Style
video became the first online video to reach
1 billion views (currently just over 1.1 billion) and it achieved it in just 5 months.
- 2.7 billion – Number of views of videos uploaded
to YouTube tagged Obama or Romney during the 2012 U.S. election cycle
- 2.5 million – Number of hours of news-related video
that was uploaded to YouTube.
- 8 million – The number of concurrent viewers
of the lifestream of Felix Baumgartner’s jump from the edge of space, the most ever on YouTube.
- 4 billion – Number of hours of video
we watched on YouTube per month.
- 60 million – Number of global viewers
monthly on Ustream.
- 16.8 million – Number of total viewers
in a 24 hour period for a video on Ustream, the most ever.
- 181.7 million – Number of total unique viewers of online video in the U.S. during December
- 7 petabytes – How much photo content Facebook added
- 300 million – Number of new photos added
every day to Facebook.
- 5 billion – The total number of photos
uploaded to Instagram since its start, reached in September 2012.
- 58 – Number of photos uploaded every second
- 1 – Apple iPhone 4S was the most popular camera