17 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Internet

17 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Internet

The internet you see today is expanding at a great pace. It is expanding so fast that you can’t even imagine. Since the dawn of Internet, the number of websites has gone up drastically and so has the amount of data stored on the web. Recent estimates and data released by Google have revealed some very shocking facts about the internet.

You don’t need to search the Internet for it, as we are sharing with you here. This post features a compiled list of extra data and facts from various sources too. Here is a very insightful post about how the internet was first started and what its current state is.


Facts About The Internet


1. According to Google, the internet consisted of 5 Million Terabytes of Data way back in 2010.

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— The most surprising fact is that Google itself said that they had indexed just 0.004% of all the content present on the internet. As of September 4/2015, the number of pages that exist on the web is 45+ Billion pages. That’s huge!


2. As of Sept 2014, There are more than a billion websites on the Internet.

— To add more numbers to the data, As of 20 February 2014, there were around 172 million Tumblr blogs on the web. 75.8 million Blogs and Business sites in existence are on WordPress. Moreover, more than 2 million blog posts are published every single day.

3. 3.1 Billion out of the 7 Billion people on earth is already online.

InternetLiveStats (ILS) monitors the live state of the internet, and as of Sept 5, 2015, there are 3,197,308,895 users on the web. This is expected to grow even more by the year 2020.


4. 30,000+ Websites are hacked every day.

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We don’t want anyone’s site to get hacked up, however looking at the total number of sites on the internet; this number is pretty low. We guess webmasters and the service providers are getting more secure.


5. Approximately 5000 domain names are registered every hour.

That translates the number to a whopping 120,000 Domains every single day and 43 Million domain names a year. The greatest irony is that more than 75% of Domains are not live. They are simply parked or not at all resolving, that’s the reason why you don’t get your desired .com domain.


6. Facebook boasts of a massive 1.44 Billion users.

Approximately 18% of the world’s population is available on Facebook. There were 968 million daily active users on average in June 2015. The most shocking stat is that almost 844 million of them were mobile daily active users.

Statistics suggest that around 50% of Internet users are on Facebook.

7. The first ever email was sent in 1971.

The email was sent by Ray Tomlinson (US programmer) who invented the email system. The “@” symbol was used to the symbol was used to signify that the email was sent to a person and not a dumb machine. However, he says that he doesn’t remember the exact message he had sent back then.


8. 250 Billion emails are sent out daily.

— No, these shocking numbers aren’t triggered by humans. The surprising fact is that 81% of all those emails are spam which is sent using automated means. That’s a whopping 200 Billion spam mails every day.

Let us tell you more about spam messages. The first spam email was sent back in 1978 for DEC System 2020. The email contained 600 recipients, and none of them were happy to receive it. 😛


9. The world’s first website is still online.

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The first website created was info.cern.ch, and it is still online and working fine. It is a very basic HTML site, and the page contains few lines of text. The page was written with the help of the first version of HTML.

10. Twitter was earlier known as Twttr.

Twitter was first described as an SMS-based social networking and, therefore, has a character limit of 140. The first tweet was by Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006. The tweet read “just setting up my twttr.” The site has evolved a lot in the recent years and now has more than 250 million active users. There are more than 500 million tweets shared every single day.


11. Garfield the cartoon once offered its own Email service.

Yes, Garfield, the cartoon character was offering an email service named GMail.com. Google later acquired the service, and they renamed it to Google Mail (GMail.com) as we all know today. We don’t know if that service would/would not have been so popular if it wasn’t acquired by Google.


12. 72 Hours of video contents are uploaded on YouTube Every minute.


By the time you reached this paragraph, 150+ Hours of videos have already been uploaded to YouTube. Speaking about user engagement, the massive video sharing site serves 1 Billion people every month, and an average internet user spends 4 hours every month on YouTube.

Looking at such stats, Google has taken massive steps to protect copyrights of individuals by scanning over 100 years of video contents every day using complex software.


13. There are more than 1.5 Million apps on both Google Play and iTunes Store

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As of June 8, 2015, 100+ billion apps were downloaded from the iTunes Store. Unfortunately, we don’t have the fresh data about Google Play. However, the recent data tells us that there have been 50+ Billion downloads on the play store till date. Both of them shares one common moral — The market for apps is as huge as websites on The internet.

14. Around 80% of the images available on the internet are of Naked women.

The internet is pretty much attracted to naked ladies and explicit materials. We did a bit research on this, and the data seems believable. We have few more shocking stats to share with you regarding inappropriate contents. Here they are:

12% Of all existing websites online are currently NSFW.

  • 1 out of every three downloads is NSFW content.
  • Sunday is the day of maximum consumption.
  • The online adult industry makes 3000$ a second.


15. 51% of all internet’s traffic is Fake.

Humans only make up 49% of the entire traffic; the rest are triggered by various bots and spamming software. No doubt, we would be having faster connectivity If they weren’t leeching on bandwidths.


16. The Internet took just 4 years to reach its first 50 Million Users.

Television took 13 years. While the radio took 38 years to reach the same amount of users. That’s cool!


17. 7 People control the whole internet.

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Yes, you heard it right. There are seven people assigned to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) who hold seven different keys. In the case of Catastrophe, these seven people can meet again and restore the state of Internet. There are seven more copies of the original key in case if any one of them gets misplaced or if something goes wrong.

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