I thought I felt something and, no, it wasn't the recent Oklahoma City area 4.0 earthquake. I kept noticing that I was hearing a lot more excitement about new things on the Internet in 2009 when we'd all been taking it for granted for some time. I knew a lot of lawyers in my audience would dismiss anything about social media as a timewaster for "kids." But I was also hearing stories of grandmothers who barely used the Internet until Facebook. So I mentioned social media quite a bit.
So check out these stats on 2009 Internet growth, fueled in part by the surge in interet in social media.
- 1.73 billion Internet users worldwide as of Sept 2009; 18% increase in Internet users since previous year.
- 234 million websites as of Dec 2009; 47 million were added in 2009.
- 90 trillion emails sent on the Internet in 2009; 1.4 billion email users worldwide.
- 26 million blogs on the Internet.
- 27.3 million tweets on Twitter per day as of Nov 2009.
- 350 million people on Facebook; 50% of them log in every day; + 500,000 active Facebook applications.
- 4 billion photos hosted by Flickr as of Oct 2009;
- 2.5 billion photos uploaded each month to Facebook.
- 1 billion videos served by YouTube each day; 12.2 billion videos viewed per month;
- 924 million videos viewed per month on Hulu in the US as of Nov 2009; + the average Internet user in the US watches 182 online videos each month.