Rejoice! The Internet recently reached more than 1 billion websites, according to the site Internet Live Stats, and they just keep coming. Now you know why it's pretty much impossible to get the exact domain name you want.
This past April marked the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web, which most people give Tim Berners-Lee credit for inventing. Around 40 percent of the world's population now has an Internet connection, and the number of Internet users in the world is quickly approaching 3 billion with almost 50 percent of them coming from Asia, according to Internet Live Stats, which tracks and visualizes Internet data in real time.
Internet Live Stats is one of the billion-odd websites that shows exactly what's great about the Internet: the ability to connect the world to fascinating information instantaneously. Seeing all of the numbers increase in real time will either make you feel excited or overwhelmed, but hey, it's still worth checking out. Plus, there's all of these cool graphics that visualize the data in real time, which may in fact make you nauseous after you've taken in all of the information. So watch out for that. The visualization of spam to regular emails is especially illuminating.
In addition to the aforementioned figures, there are plenty of other little nuggets of data that can be gleaned from this site. Here are some other stats that will blow your mind, or at least give you some good talking points for your next party or bar visit.
1.) 2,334,479 emails are sent in 1 second.
2.) 75 percent of websites today aren't active but are "parked domains or similar."
3.) 88,670 YouTube videos are viewed in 1 second.
4.) The number of new websites more than doubled between 2011 and 2012, but it decreased by more than 20 million in 2013.
5.) More than 25,000 websites have been hacked (and counting) at the time of this writing.
6.) 1,322 Instagram photos are uploaded in 1 second
There's plenty more where that came from. Head over to Internet Live Stats to learn more than you ever wanted to know about the Internet.