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Internet 2009 in numbers

What happened with the Internet in 2009?

What happened with the Internet in 2009?

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 more. Prepare for information overload, but in a good way. ;)

We have used a wide variety of sources from around the Web. A full list of source references is available at the bottom of the post for those interested. We here at Pingdom also did some additional calculations to get even more numbers to show you.

Enjoy!

Also check out our Internet 2012 in numbers article!

Email

  • 90 trillion – The number of emails sent on the Internet in 2009.
  • 247 billion – Average number of email messages per day.
  • 1.4 billion – The number of email users worldwide.
  • 100 million – New email users since the year before.
  • 81% – The percentage of emails that were spam.
  • 92% – Peak spam levels late in the year.
  • 24% – Increase in spam since last year.
  • 200 billion – The number of spam emails per day (assuming 81% are spam).

Websites

  • 234 million – The number of websites as of December 2009.
  • 47 million – Added websites in 2009.

Web servers

  • 13.9% – The growth of Apache websites in 2009.
  • -22.1% – The growth of IIS websites in 2009.
  • 35.0% – The growth of Google GFE websites in 2009.
  • 384.4% – The growth of Nginx websites in 2009.
  • -72.4% – The growth of Lighttpd websites in 2009.

Web server market share

Domain names

  • 81.8 million – .COM domain names at the end of 2009.
  • 12.3 million – .NET domain names at the end of 2009.
  • 7.8 million – .ORG domain names at the end of 2009.
  • 76.3 million – The number of country code top-level domains (e.g. .CN, .UK, .DE, etc.).
  • 187 million – The number of domain names across all top-level domains (October 2009).
  • 8% – The increase in domain names since the year before.

Internet users

  • 1.73 billion – Internet users worldwide (September 2009).
  • 18% – Increase in Internet users since the previous year.
  • 738,257,230 – Internet users in Asia.
  • 418,029,796 – Internet users in Europe.
  • 252,908,000 – Internet users in North America.
  • 179,031,479 – Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
  • 67,371,700 – Internet users in Africa.
  • 57,425,046 – Internet users in the Middle East.
  • 20,970,490 – Internet users in Oceania / Australia.

Internet users by region

Social media

  • 126 million – The number of blogs on the Internet (as tracked by BlogPulse).
  • 84% – Percent of social network sites with more women than men.
  • 27.3 million – Number of tweets on Twitter per day (November, 2009)
  • 57% – Percentage of Twitter’s user base located in the United States.
  • 4.25 million – People following @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher, Twitter’s most followed user).
  • 350 million – People on Facebook.
  • 50% – Percentage of Facebook users that log in every day.
  • 500,000 – The number of active Facebook applications.

Images

  • 4 billion – Photos hosted by Flickr (October 2009).
  • 2.5 billion – Photos uploaded each month to Facebook.
  • 30 billion – At the current rate, the number of photos uploaded to Facebook per year.

Videos

  • 1 billion – The total number of videos YouTube serves in one day.
  • 12.2 billion – Videos viewed per month on YouTube in the US (November 2009).
  • 924 million – Videos viewed per month on Hulu in the US (November 2009).
  • 182 – The number of online videos the average Internet user watches in a month (USA).
  • 82% – Percentage of Internet users that view videos online (USA).
  • 39.4% – YouTube online video market share (USA).
  • 81.9% – Percentage of embedded videos on blogs that are YouTube videos.

Web browsers

Web browser market share

Malicious software

  • 148,000 – New zombie computers created per day (used in botnets for sending spam, etc.)
  • 2.6 million – Amount of malicious code threats at the start of 2009 (viruses, trojans, etc.)
  • 921,143 – The number of new malicious code signatures added by Symantec in Q4 2009.

Data sources: Website and web server stats from Netcraft. Domain name stats from Verisign and Webhosting.info. Internet user stats from Internet World Stats. Web browser stats from Net Applications. Email stats from Radicati Group. Spam stats from McAfee. Malware stats from Symantec (and here) and McAfee. Online video stats from Comscore, Sysomos and YouTube. Photo stats from Flickr and Facebook. Social media stats from BlogPulse, Pingdom (here and here), Twittercounter, Facebook and GigaOm.

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very helpful information.

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very helpful information.

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I see statistics but what I think is beginning of social media emails too in 2009

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numbers just incredible wow !

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WOW,

These stats are so interesting.Great work.

Taran
Taran

WOW, These stats are so interesting.Great work.

Marc
Marc

keep forgetting that Asia is so massive online. Hard to track those markets. There is much to gain.Thanks Marc.

juliet
juliet

would also be interested to see how 2009 compared with 2008 - these are great numbers (and very nice presentation) - but what is the percentage growth over 2008?

JH
JH

Does this mean the market shrank, or it grew 22.1% less while maintaining market share. Ditto other servers Confusing stats.

William Alicea
William Alicea

I am amazed at the stats with all that is going on in today's techology. If it's like this in the year 2010, imagine what it's going to be like in the next 5-10 years. Go technology!!!

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TJ

62.7% of Internet Explorer is made up of versions 6,7 and 8. Nothing against it but people should be moving to version 8 as soon as possible. Nice article by the way.

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What are excellent collections on the internet information? Here have a lot of important information. Nice work, Thanks` a lot…..

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Mark Boyle

Is there also information about digital agenda users? What is the most used digital agenda? How many people use a digital agenda?

Artush
Artush

62.7 IE? I don't think so

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John

WOw this data is really good. And it clearly gives reasons why youtube is youtube. this data is really precious to me and i am bookmarking it. Hope to find latest data. i was infact googling internet users stat and landed over here.

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OLC Yurtdisi Egitim - Alex

Very interesting and useful report on internet stats. I wonder how it is being calculated. Based upon search engine statistics probably? Another thing is the number of internet users in Australia/Oceania. Australia and New Zealand's population is about 27 million. And there are 21 million internet users. Seems like everyone has a keyboard under their fingers :)... Europe's population is about 825 million. And internet users are nearly half...

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Amazing numbers! Internet is so big! Social media is growing fast, because the smartphone are getting used more often.

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Goedkope Tuinhuisjes

Whow, keep forgetting that Asia is so massive online. Hard to track those markets. There is much to gain.

Barry Dennis
Barry Dennis

As a marketer, all those stats make me salivate. Done correctly, I still believe the Internet is the best marketing game in town, notwithstanding the 4,000,000,000 who don't have it. In my view the Internet of the (near) future encompasses the aggregation of all the marketing channels to some degree.

Evan Perera
Evan Perera

Hey may I quote some of the insight here in this blog if I provide a link back to your site?

Webstandard-Blog
Webstandard-Blog

90 trillion emails sent on the Internet in 2009! Incredible those numbers. Thx for sharing those informations about "Internet 2009 in numbers"!

Website Design
Website Design

Very interesting stats! It's going to be interesting to see stats on social growth next year... thanks for sharing

Mark Jensen
Mark Jensen

Amazing numbers! Internet is so big! Social media is growing fast, because the smartphone are getting used more often.

Tiprox
Tiprox

Massive numbers! Very curious for the 2010 figures. It's all about the figures ;-)

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Nazim

cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow unbelievable data

feeder goldfish
feeder goldfish

Fascinating stats! But, I'm not sure how you'd know "the percentage of emails that were spam". I'm thinking of all those folks who still wade through stuff and people forced to create filters in their mail client for stuff that slips through their ISP. Sadly, that means the number is probably higher than 81%.

Sam
Sam

16% follow Ashton Kutcher? That's too many.

Prox
Prox

Nice info ! about 140k new zombie computers ! Oh my God ... It will be new spam fabrics -.-`

Dina
Dina

57% – Twitter’s user base in the US - this is something to think about for brands using twitter for local promotions. (outside the US). would like to see the breakdown for other countries.

ablufia
ablufia

@Ebun - we'll never know ! :)

tika
tika

this is truly amazing statistics! who knew there were so many emails sent out in one year!!!!

Anthony
Anthony

great stats! thanks for sharing these in one spot. Would also be great to see comparisons to 2009 either next to the statistics or one click away.

Steven
Steven

Indeed. So... why don't you have any POPs in Asia?

Pingdom
Pingdom

@Evan Sure, just link back to us.

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