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-Some Helpful Internet Stats for the Year 2009

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Wow! 350 million people now on Facebook.  I had no idea–unbelievable!

Here’s a link to a bunch of different Internet stats collected for the year 2009.

The following I have lifted out as potentially important for evaluation in Internet ministry:

Websites
* 234 million – The number of websites as of December 2009.
* 47 million – Added websites in 2009.

Note—Internet is still on the increase with no signs of slowing down!

Internet users
* 1.73 billion – Internet users worldwide (September 2009).
* 18% – Increase in Internet users since the previous year.
* 738,257,230 – Internet users in Asia.
* 418,029,796 – Internet users in Europe.
* 252,908,000 – Internet users in North America.
* 179,031,479 – Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
* 67,371,700 – Internet users in Africa.
* 57,425,046 – Internet users in the Middle East.
* 20,970,490 – Internet users in Oceania / Australia.

Note– Wow! 18% increase in users in one year! Closing in on 2 billion users from every country in the World? What a huge audience to reach out to with the ‘good news’ of Jesus Christ!

Social media
* 126 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
* 84% – Percent of social network sites with more women than men.
* 27.3 million – Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November, 2009)
* 57% – Percentage of Twitter’s user base located in the United States.
* 350 million – People on Facebook.
* 50% – Percentage of Facebook users that log in every day.
* 500,000 – The number of active Facebook applications.

Note—126 million blogs and 350 million people on Facebook plus more on the way? —Wow! Facebook is obviously still a high growth site with potential for even greater expansion.

Images
* 4 billion – Photos hosted by Flickr (October 2009).
* 2.5 billion – Photos uploaded each month to Facebook.
* 30 billion – At the current rate, the number of photos uploaded to Facebook per year.

Note—Photos and images are continuing to explode on the Internet—especially the social sites. Now websites and blogs that don’t have images seem rather out of date.

Videos
* 1 billion – The total number of videos YouTube serves in one day.
* 12.2 billion – Videos viewed per month on YouTube in the US (November 2009).
* 924 million – Videos viewed per month on Hulu in the US (November 2009).
* 182 – The number of online videos the average Internet user watches in a month (USA).
* 82% – Percentage of Internet users that view videos online (USA).
* 39.4% – YouTube online video market share (USA).
* 81.9% – Percentage of embedded videos on blogs that are YouTube videos.

Note—182 videos/mo. watched by the average Internet user? Wow! I am way behind the curve! Note also that 82% view videos online.

Domain names
* 81.8 million – .COM domain names at the end of 2009.
* 12.3 million – .NET domain names at the end of 2009.
* 7.8 million – .ORG domain names at the end of 2009.
* 76.3 million – The number of country code top-level domains (e.g. .CN, .UK, .DE, etc.).
* 187 million – The number of domain names across all top-level domains (October 2009).
* 8% – The increase in domain names since the year before.

Note—.com is still the most popular followed by the country code.

Web browsers
* 62.7% – Internet Explorer
* 24.6% – Firefox
* 4.6% – Chrome
* 4.5% – Safari
* 2.4% – Opera
* 1.2% – Other

Note—Internet Explorer still wins this battle by default. However there was a time when IE was over 80% and now other browsers are beginning to be a real factor especially Firefox. This is why it’s really important to check out how your website or blog resolves on all of the most popular browsers. I was surprised a couple of years ago how terrible one of my blogs looked on Safari.

Web servers
* 13.9% – The growth of Apache websites in 2009.
* -22.1% – The growth of IIS websites in 2009.
* 35.0% – The growth of Google GFE websites in 2009.
* 384.4% – The growth of Nginx websites in 2009.
* -72.4% – The growth of Lighttpd websites in 2009.

Note—Nearly half of the web servers in use are currently Apache (46.6%) but this does show some helpful trends to consider and be aware of.

These stats do indicate that the Internet is already a place where ministries need to be and Christian outreaches should be on the increase.  If not then it is time to play catch up.            *Top

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