Internet World Statistics estimates 2.405 billion people are using the Internet by the end of June 2012.
That is 34.3% of the world population.
Top 20 nations online. in 2012. China now has more Internet users than the U.S.A.
Internet usage by regions in 2012.
Search and Email Are used most each day by most Americans according to PEW in 2011.
As Kristen Purcell noted on August 9, 2011: "Of course, the internet population has grown substantially since 2002. So, the overall number of users of both email and search engines has also grown. In January 2002, 52% of all Americans used search engines and that number grew to 72% in the most recent survey. In January 2002, 55% of all Americans said they used email and that number grew to 70% in the current survey." On search, college education people use search more daily (75%) compared to those with some high school (29%) using search daily.
Americans spend nearly a quarter of their time online on social networking sites and blogs, up from 15.8 percent just a year ago
(43 percent increase) according to new research released today from The Nielsen Company.
Lee Rainie Director of Pew Internet Project reported on June 24, 2010 the following facts about the Internet in the USA:
Other online activities
123 Million Americans Reading Newspapers On The Web ( comScore Media Metrix , June 2010)
Daily Internet usage among nearly all demographic groups is climbing. Average time spent online by US adults shot up to 14 hours per week in 2008, compared with 11 hours in 2007. Nearly two-thirds of adults claim they go online every day, the majority for more than one hour (Phillips, L., 2009).
How Fast did the Internet grow?
World wide growth
In 1981 there were 218 hosts. Over 1 million hosts existed in 1992.Below is a map of What countries were connected to the Internet in September 1991. Note that there were many countries in Africa and Asia that were not connected to the Internet. Some other countries in Eastern Europe, The Middle East and South America had no Internet access in 1991.
According to the Internet Systems Consortium (ISC), as of April 2010 there were 758 million IP hosts.
The largest domain categories is .net second is .com
Here are the domain categories and country domain codes
Some countries have few internet providers like Somalia with 3 host,and North Korea with 3 hosts.
The July 2010 Netcraft Web Domain Survey counted over 205 million Web servers. At the Netcraft page you can find information about the different servers a website might be using. As Netcraft noted:"Apache remains in the lead, as it has since 1996, followed by Microsoft"
There were 134,855 backbones in the US in 2006 according to CIO magazine.A backbone are those very large networks or trunks on the Internet were Internet Exchange Point (IXP) occur. An example of an IXP is MAE-East that is on the east coast of the United States. It operates at speeds up to OC 48 or up to 2488.32 Million bit per second.
The image shows: "The colors represent who each router is registered to. Red is Verizon; blue AT&T; yellow Qwest; green is major backbone players like Level 3 and Sprint Nextel; black is the entire cable industry put together; and gray is everyone else, from small telecommunications companies to large international players who only have a small presence in the U.S. (CIO, 2006)."
Here is a visualization of the Internet in March and April 2005 by CAIDA