Saturday, February 05, 2011

Thoughts about Internet 2010 in numbers

What happened with the Internet in 2010?
How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many, many more. If it’s stats you want, you’ve come to the right place.
We used a wide variety of sources from around the Web to put this post together. You can find the full list of source references at the bottom of the post if you’re interested. We here at Pingdom also did some additional calculations to get you even more numbers to chew on.
Prepare for a good kind of information overload.

WOW...107 TRILLION emails sent...1.97 BILLION Internet users worldwide (up 14% since 2009), 152 MILLION blogs publishing even easier than before, 100 MILLION new twitter accounts added and 250 MILLION new people on Facebook. 2 BILLION videos are watched DAILY on YouTube and flickr hosts 5 BILLION images (3,000 are uploaded each minute). Whether this information is even true I would need to spend a ton of time researching.
It is fascinating to me how MUCH information is out there...Just this morning in frustration over her spelling 8 year old turned to google to help her find the song lyrics for a favorite song. Even mis-spelled, her new friend google helped her to find About 534,000 results (in 0.58 seconds).
Are we doing enough to help our kids learn how to navigate this information landscape?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:07 PM

    As an elementary teacher, I found these figures to be quite surprising. I know that technology has been growing and expanding, but seeing the numbers made me realize how far behind education is in preparing students for this technological world. Many teachers use minimal technology, or use technology in the same ways. I, myself, am guilty of sticking with PowerPoint and word processing on the computer and not exploring the number of technological tools that exist for the students today. A man by the name of Thornburg (2004) writes in his article Technology and Education: Expectations, not options, that the majority of teachers are stuck 'doing things differently' instead of 'doing different things.' He goes on to argue that word processing programs and PowerPoint do not push the students to create interactive pieces of work, but rather, tools such as podcasting and blogging open up students to a number of opportunities and options.
    In your post, it seems evident that teachers need to become educated on the tools of technology and how to best utilize them in the classroom to create inventive, motivating work that can apply to real world skills. In doing this, teachers can help students safely interact with some of these impressive programs.
    How do you feel these figures will affect education in the future?
    Thornburg, D. (2004). Technology and education: Expectations, not options. (Executive Briefing No. 401). Retrieved from