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Thoughts on the Internet

September 22, 2018

 

We all use IT every day, anyone under 25 years of age can’t even remember a world without the internet.  But how big is it, and how fast is it growing?
 
Imagine it’s your birthday, and you get one of those cards that plays a tune.  A week later you throw it in the bin.  You will have thrown away more IT capability than existed in the entire world in the 1960’s!
 
So let’s have a look at some facts & figures:
 
20% of the worlds data is searchable, and accessible to everyone.
 
Google alone processes more than 40,000 searches every second (3.5 billion searches per day)!
 
90% of the worlds data has been created in the last two years.
 
Data size is measured in bytes, then in order of size: kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes, terabytes, petabytes, exabytes, zettabytes, and finally yottabytes - Nothing exists beyond this.
… We are currently over 8 zettabytes globally, and growing by 2.5 exabytes per day.
 

Social Media:

 

  • Snapchat users share 527,760 photos

  • More than 120 professionals join LinkedIn

  • Users watch 4,146,600 YouTube videos

  • 456,000 tweets are sent on Twitter

  • Instagram users post 46,740 photos

  • … All every minute

 

  • 1.5 billion people are active on Facebook daily

  • Europe has more than 307 million people on Facebook

  • There are five new Facebook profiles created every second!

  • More than 300 million photos get uploaded per day

  • Every minute there are 510,000 comments posted and 293,000 statuses updated

 

Communications every minute:

 

  • We send 16 million text messages

  • There are 990,000 Tinder swipes

  • 156 million emails are sent; Worldwide it is expected that there will be 9 billion email users by 2019

  • 15,000 GIFs are sent via Facebook messenger

  • Every minute there are 103,447,520 spam emails sent

  • There are 154,200 calls on Skype

 

Photos:

 

  • People took 1.2 trillion photos by the end of 2017

  • There are 4.7 trillion photos stored

 

That’s a lot of data!
 


Author:  Eugene O’Sullivan is Strategy & Innovation Director at Bell Integration, a leading IT Consulting and Systems Integrator.  From IT transformation to complete IT lifecycle management, Bell works with customers to ensure technology enables businesses to succeed  |  https://www.bell-integration.com  

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