The invention of the Internet has been one of the major events that touched the lives of almost every one of us either directly or indirectly. With the advent of the World Wide Web, information has just become another commodity unlike as early as just a decade ago. Web research enables to utilize this phenomenon of Information revolution to aid better business decision making.
Wondering whether World Wide Web has that information that you could use? The following are some of the interesting statistics on the Internet and the information available -
- According to Net Craft, there are 225,950,957 Websites online in August 2009.
- According to Google and Bing, the total number of web pages or addresses well exceeds 1 trillion, much more than the total population of the earth, which is just around 6.7 billion. According to Bing, if one were to read all the information stored on the web, it may take 600,000 decades of non-stop reading to finish the huge virtual stack.
- English is the most popular language online, according to IWS. More than 80% of home pages on the Web are in English, while the next greatest, German, has only 4.5% and Japanese 3.1%. (englishenglish.com), and 29.4% of the Internet users use English to communicate (IWS). This clearly means more information in English is available online than any other language.
- According to IDC research, the total bits of digital information created in 2008 –
3,892,179,868,480,350,000,000 (Calculated to be 487 billion gigabytes). Looking forward, the information is expected to double in size every 18 months. The information created in 2012 will be five times to what is created in 2008.
- By 2012, 850 million people will buy and sell products and services on the Internet and Internet commerce will double to 2008.