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.
When Moore first predicted back in 1965 that computing power would double every 18 months, it’s hard to imagine even he could have predicted that by 2008, computers would be crunching a whopping 9,570,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data per year. To put it in more modern terms that 9.57 zettabytes, or a million million gigabytes in total. The good news behind these numbers is that the vast majority of this data is a byproduct of CPU’s crunching numbers, and is not actual human readable information. Even despite these caveats however, 9.57 zettabytes is still a staggering number to wrap our minds around.
For a list of humorous, albeit completely unrelated physical examples of how much information this represents, make sure to hit the jump to read more.
A new ComScore survey has come out telling us something we already suspected: people are using email less and less. What we didn't expect was the size of the drop off among younger people. According to the survey, the year over year change among teenagers age 12-17 was -59%. Maybe Zuckerberg was right.
Attention math nerds everywhere. Everyone's computational knowledge engine, Wolfram Alpha, has just opened up version 2.0 of their developer API. This version brings many improvements to help you cheat at math and statistics even faster. For instance, API 2.0 supports asynchronous operation, so data that is simpler will be returned immediately, while data that requires more computation will be delivered later. Best of all, it's now free.
Developers just need to sign up to get an API key to start working with Wolfram Alpha. There is extensive documentation for devs as well. All data is returned in XML by default, but plain text, HTML, or images can be specified. This is a smart way of returning results that should be well-suited to any number of applications. If you build anything great with Wolfram Alpha, make sure to clue us in.
The average Canadian spends more time online than a user from any other country, according to a new report from comScore. The data indicates that, on average, a Canadian spends more than 2,500 minutes online a month. We'll save you the trip to the Google calculator; that's nearly 42 hours. Israel was the runner up with only 2,300 minutes per month.
These numbers are buoyed by the fact that a huge proportion of Canadians are online. Internet penetration in Canada is 68%. By contrast, it is only 59% in the US. Add to that the fact that Canadians watch more YouTube videos per capita than the rest of the world, and the stereotypes begin to melt away.
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have also proved very popular up north. These services were adopted early and continue to be used by a disproportionate number of Canadians. Our friends to the north are also more active on Wikipedia than their population would lead one to believe, making over 200,000 edits per month. It's clear; Canada loves the Internet. Time to catch up everyone.
Royal Pingdom has aggregated a heap of data on what sort of connection speeds people are actually getting around the world. Included in the statistics are results for the 50 top countries by total number of internet users. The data is from the second quarter of 2010, and comes courtesy of Akamai. The results are not entirely surprising, but that doesn't mean they can't be disheartening.
South Korea topped the charts with an average speed of 16.63Mbps. The nearest competitor was Hong Kong with only 8.57Mbps. The United States came in a number 12 in the world, just barely beating out Hungary. Canada sits just above America (geographically and on the chart), but the difference between it and the US is marginal.
The overall world average was 1.8Mbps, so by that measure, the US is doing quite well. It could be worse. The world's largest internet market, mainland China, has an average speed of only 0.86Mbps. What sort of speeds do you get at home? Anyone still stuck on dial-up?
At this point, roughly 500 million people use Facebook. With that in mind, analytics firm Pingdom decided to see how those users were distributed throughout the world. No one was particularly surprised when the US came out on top in the numbers. In all, about 130 million of Facebook's users are from the US. The next closest is the UK with 28 million. Right along with the UK are Italy and Indonesia at 26 million users each.
When you look at the proportion of a country's population, the UK actually beats the US. 45.1% of UK residents are on Facebook, while only 41.9% of the US population is. Even though the US is almost a quarter of Facebook's user base, it's increased international appeal is impressive. More region specific social networks are slipping as Facebook continues to gain steam. These numbers just further illustrate the challenge Google will face when, and if, they launch a Facebook competitor.
Oh Optenet, you were doing so well laying out interesting statistics from your latest study, which shows that pornographic websites now account for over a third of the Web (37 percent, for those of you who were wondering), but then you had to go and sully it all by adding in commentary out from left-field.
We were totally fine looking at the hard numbers culled from a sample of 4 million URLs, and were even disgusted, as you probably guessed we would be, to learn that illegal content such as child pornography and illegal drug purchases has increased by 17 percent in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. And sure, we'll admit to being surprised that websites related to online RPGs, like World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, and Grand Theft Auto 4, have skyrocketed by 212 percent in the first three months of 2010, but with statistics on drug purchases, child porn, and even terrorism thrown into the mix, was it really necessary to single out videogames as the bane of the Web?
Hit the jump to find out what has us so flabbergasted.
The Android platform is growing in popularity now that a multitude of phones running Google’s open-source software are available. Recent comScore and Complete surveys aimed to determine how much Android users had in common with users of the massively successful iPhone. As it turns out, users of the two platforms behave in much the same way.
As far as mobile media use, the number of people that used the browser, apps, social networking, and IM were within a few percentage points of each other. Only in the area of email use did the iPhone come out ahead, 87% of users to only 63%. This is surprising considering Android’s tight integration with Gmail. Notably, this data was gathered before the release of the Motorola Droid.
Even in the area of app usage, where the iPhone can claim the award for most massive app catalog, the differences are minor. The slight majority of iPhone users and about 44% of Android users spend at least half their time using applications other than the browser. On other smartphone platforms, that number of more like 20%. Applications have been key to the iPhone’s success. Even with the smaller user base and application market, usage patterns are similar on Android.
One final similarity that illustrates the public awareness of Android is that of people in the market for a smartphone, 17% planned to get an Android handset, while 20% planned to get an iPhone. This is certainly much closer than a few months ago.
Adam Kramer has been working on a project at Facebook aggregating 100 million users’ status updates into a database and parsing it for positive and negative words. When you map this data over a timeline spanning a couple years, what do you have? The Facebook United States Gross National Happiness Index.
They have taken precautions so no one’s privacy is in trouble, but they tally a score each day based upon the status updates’ positive and negative emotion words. Some of the conclusions are obvious and expected: people are much happier (9.7% happier) on Friday than Monday—the saddest day of the week. Further, according to the study, two of the saddest days of the year were the days when Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson died.
The other fairly common spikes fell around major U.S. holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the fourth of July.
You can check out the index yourself over on the Facebook site. How accurate do you think this type of “polling” can be, and do you think its findings are credible?