Internet Statistics that Boggle the Mind

Paul Lilly

We're already halfway through the first month of the new year and it's getting a little late to reflect on 2011, but in this case, it's simply taken that long to crunch and compile all the numbers. We're talking about the latest statistics from Pingdom that deal with what happened in 2011 and what the Internet landscape looked like as last year came to a close.

According to Pingom, there were 2.1 billion Internet users worldwide by the end of 2011. which is well over the population of Estonia and Iceland...combined. Nearly half -- 45 percent -- of the world's Internet population is under 25 years old, and 591 million people are rocking wired broadband subscriptions.

Some other interesting numbers:

  • 3.146 billion email accounts
  • 40 years since the first email was sent
  • 555 million websites as of December 2011
  • 95.5 million .com domain names at the end of 2011
  • 100 billion photos on Facebook

This is just a small sample of the many figures Pingdom put together, all broken down into various categories like Social Media, Videos, Images, and so forth. View them all here .

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