As technology gets cheaper and easier to use, so it follows that more and more people will start using it.
For internet users and providers, 2010 was a year of unprecedented growth, reports Royal Pingdom, a tech website.
There are now almost as many individual websites as there are American citizens.
About a quarter of humanity now uses email.
Almost 8 million people followed Lady Gaga on Twitter.
Here is Royal Pingdom's complete list of internet trends from the last year:
- 107 trillion - The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2010.
- 294 billion - Average number of email messages per day.
- 1.88 billion - The number of email users worldwide.
- 480 million - New email users since the year before.
- 89.1% - The share of emails that were spam.
- 262 billion - The number of spam emails per day (assuming 89% are spam).
- 2.9 billion - The number of email accounts worldwide.
- 25% - Share of email accounts that are corporate.
- 255 million - The number of websites as of December 2010.
- 21.4 million - Added websites in 2010.
- 39.1% - Growth in the number of Apache websites in 2010.
- 15.3% - Growth in the number of IIS websites in 2010.
- 4.1% - Growth in the number of nginx websites in 2010.
- 5.8% - Growth in the number of Google GWS websites in 2010.
- 55.7% - Growth in the number of Lighttpd websites in 2010.
- Web server market share: Apache - 59.4%; Microsoft - 22.2%; nginx - 6.6%; Google - 5.9%; Lighttpd - .5%; Other - 5.4%
- 88.8 million - .COM domain names at the end of 2010.
- 13.2 million - .NET domain names at the end of 2010.
- 8.6 million - .ORG domain names at the end of 2010.
- 79.2 million - The number of country code top-level domains (e.g. .CN, .UK, .DE, etc.).
- 202 million - The number of domain names across all top-level domains (October 2010).
- 7% - The increase in domain names since the year before.
- 1.97 billion - Internet users worldwide (June 2010).
- 14% - Increase in Internet users since the previous year.
- 825.1 million - Internet users in Asia.
- 475.1 million - Internet users in Europe.
- 266.2 million - Internet users in North America.
- 204.7 million - Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
- 110.9 million - Internet users in Africa.
- 63.2 million - Internet users in the Middle East.
- 21.3 million - Internet users in Oceania / Australia.
- 152 million - The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
- 25 billion - Number of sent tweets on Twitter in 2010
- 100 million - New accounts added on Twitter in 2010
- 175 million - People on Twitter as of September 2010
- 7.7 million - People following @ladygaga (Lady Gaga, Twitter's most followed user).
- 600 million - People on Facebook at the end of 2010.
- 250 million - New people on Facebook in 2010.
- 30 billion - Pieces of content (links, notes, photos, etc.) shared on Facebook per month.
- 70% - Share of Facebook's user base located outside the United States.
- 20 million - The number of Facebook apps installed each day.
- Web browser market share: Internet Explorer - 46.9%; Firefox - 30.8%; Chrome - 14.9%; Safari - 4.8%; Opera - 2.1%
- 2 billion - The number of videos watched per day on YouTube.
- 35 - Hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.
- 186 - The number of online videos the average Internet user watches in a month (USA).
- 84% - Share of Internet users that view videos online (USA).
- 14% - Share of Internet users that have uploaded videos online (USA).
- 2+ billion - The number of videos watched per month on Facebook.
- 20 million - Videos uploaded to Facebook per month.
- 5 billion - Photos hosted by Flickr (September 2010).
- 3000+ - Photos uploaded per minute to Flickr.
- 130 million - At the above rate, the number of photos uploaded per month to Flickr.
- 3+ billion - Photos uploaded per month to Facebook.
- 36 billion - At the current rate, the number of photos uploaded to Facebook per year.