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Internet 2011 in numbers

So what happened with the Internet in 2011? How many email accounts were there in the world in 2011? How many websites? How much did the most expensive domain name cost? How many photos were hosted on Facebook? How many videos were viewed to YouTube?

We’ve got answers to these questions and many more. A veritable smorgasbord of numbers, statistics and data lies in front of you. Using a variety of sources we’ve compiled what we think are some of the more interesting numbers that describe the Internet in 2011.

Also check out our Internet 2012 in numbers article!

Email

  • 3.146 billion – Number of email accounts worldwide.
  • 27.6% – Microsoft Outlook was the most popular email client.
  • 19% – Percentage of spam emails delivered to corporate email inboxes despite spam filters.
  • 112 – Number of emails sent and received per day by the average corporate user.
  • 71% – Percentage of worldwide email traffic that was spam (November 2011).
  • 360 million – Total number of Hotmail users (largest email service in the world).
  • $44.25 – The estimated return on $1 invested in email marketing in 2011.
  • 40 – Years since the first email was sent, in 1971.
  • 0.39% – Percentage of email that was malicious (November 2011).

Websites

  • 555 million – Number of websites (December 2011).
  • 300 million – Added websites in 2011.

Web servers

  • 239.1% – Growth in the number of Apache websites in 2011.
  • 68.7% – Growth in the number of IIS websites in 2011.
  • 34.4% – Growth in the number of NGINX websites in 2011.
  • 80.9% – Growth in the number of Google websites in 2011.

Domain names

  • 95.5 million – Number of .com domain names at the end of 2011.
  • 13.8 million – Number of .net domain names at the end of 2011.
  • 9.3 million – Number of .org domains names at the end of 2011.
  • 7.6 million – Number of .info domain names at the end of 2011.
  • 2.1 million – Number of .biz domain names at the end of 2011.
  • 220 million – Number of registered domain names (Q3, 2011).
  • 86.9 million – Number of country code top-level domains (.CN, .UK, .DE, etc.) (Q3, 2011).
  • 324 – Number of top-level domains.
  • 28% – Market share for BIND, the number one DNS server type.
  • $2.6 million – The price for social.com, the most expensive domain name sold in 2011.

Internet users

  • 2.1 billion Internet users worldwide.
  • 922.2 million Internet users in Asia.
  • 476.2 million Internet users in Europe.
  • 271.1 million Internet users in North America.
  • 215.9 million Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
  • 118.6 million Internet users in Africa.
  • 68.6 million Internet users in the Middle East.
  • 21.3 million Internet users in Oceania / Australia.
  • 45% – Share of Internet users under the age of 25.
  • 485 million – Number of Internet users in China, more than any other country in the world.
  • 36.3% – Internet penetration in China.
  • 591 million – Number of fixed (wired) broadband subscriptions worldwide.

Social media

  • 800+ million – Number of users on Facebook by the end of 2011.
  • 200 million – Number of users added to Facebook during 2011.
  • 350 million – Number of Facebook users that log in to the service using their mobile phone.
  • 225 million – Number of Twitter accounts.
  • 100 million – Number of active Twitter users in 2011.
  • 18.1 million – People following Lady Gaga. Twitter’s most popular user.
  • 250 million – Number of tweets per day (October 2011).
  • 1 – #egypt was the number one hashtag on Twitter.
  • 8,868 – Number of tweets per second in August for the MTV Video Music Awards.
  • $50,000 – The amount raised for charity by the most retweeted tweet of 2011.
  • 39 million – The number of Tumblr blogs by the end of 2011.
  • 70 million – Total number of WordPress blogs by the end of 2011.
  • 1 billion – The number of messages sent with WhatsApp during one day (October 2011).
  • 2.6 billion – Worldwide IM accounts.
  • 2.4 billion – Social networking accounts worldwide.

Web browsers

Mobile

  • 1.2 billion – The number of active mobile broadband subscriptions worldwide in 2011.
  • 5.9 billion – The estimated number of mobile subscriptions worldwide in 2011.
  • 85% – Percentage of handsets shipped globally in 2011 that included a web browser.
  • 88% – Apple iPad’s share of global tablet web traffic in December.

Videos

  • 1 trillion – The number of video playbacks on YouTube.
  • 140 – The number of YouTube video playbacks per person on Earth.
  • 48 hours – The amount of video uploaded to YouTube every minute.
  • 1 – The most viewed video on YouTube during 2011 was Rebecka Black’s “Friday.”
  • 82.5% – Percentage of the U.S. Internet audience that viewed video online.
  • 76.4% – YouTube’s share of the U.S. video website market (December 2011).
  • 4,189,214 – Number of new users on Vimeo.
  • 201.4 billion – Number of videos viewed online per month (October 2011).
  • 88.3 billion – Videos viewed per month on Google sites, incl. YouTube (October 2011).
  • 43% – Share of all worldwide video views delivered by Google sites, incl. YouTube.

Images

  • 14 million – Number of Instagram accounts created during 2011.
  • 60 – The average number of photos uploaded per second to Instagram.
  • 100 billion – Estimated number of photos on Facebook by mid-2011.
  • 51 million – Total number of registered users on Flickr.
  • 4.5 million – Number of photos uploaded to Flickr each day.
  • 6 billion – Photos hosted on Flickr (August 2011).
  • 1 – Apple iPhone 4 is the most popular camera on Flickr.

What’s in store for 2012?

For 2012, there’s every reason to think that the Internet, by any measure, will keep growing. As we put more of our personal as well as professional lives online, we will come to rely on the Internet in ways we could hardly imagine before. For better or worse, the Internet is now a critical component in almost everything we do.

We will be back again early next year to wrap up 2012. In the meantime, you may also want to check out our annual summaries for 2008, 2009, and 2010.



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vojislav_rodic
vojislav_rodic

Still puzzled by the 2011. increase in web sites: 300 million – Added websites in 2011.

When compared to 21.4 million – Added websites in 2010., it seems to be rather out of  proportion (14 times higher yearly gain), even for such a rapidly changing environment.

Could this be a result of change in measurement metrics methodology?

vojislav_rodic
vojislav_rodic

Still puzzled by the 2011. increase in web sites: 300 million – Added websites in 2011. When compared to 21.4 million – Added websites in 2010., it seems to be rather out of  proportion (14 times higher yearly gain), even for such a rapidly changing environment. Could this be a result of change in measurement metrics methodology?

web veteran
web veteran

Yup I belive Microsoft outlook is number.1 they should show windows 7 OS which sold over 500 millions of software license. While Mac OS lion sold nothing. :-D

web veteran
web veteran

I been into the internet since 1994 when email and web browser was just taking off to be noticeable. I laugh at all those wannabe you tube stars or celebrity thinking they are call themselves nerds or YouTube stars just makes me laugh. Just bunch of wanabe. They all just bunch of newbie's still. Maybe they should do a count how many times Twitter has been Hacked. ;)

Briana Lee
Briana Lee

What about google+? Are there any numbers if google+ is gaining or even stealing users from facebook? I would really like to know that.

passerby
passerby

hmm.. why is that middle east not being included in Asia?

Pingdom
Pingdom

Hi Bob. It's pretty easy, for almost every line in the article (bullet point) you will find a link to the source.

Bob
Bob

Is there a link to the methods you use to compile the data. I find it fascinating but as a data person it leaves me wondering how you come up with it. If I access the Internet from home, then from my library on a different machine, and work on a different machine, and school on a different machine, am I one user or four? I have a half dozen email accounts. Does the count of email addresses really represent users accurately or just our need to have multiple addresses? And most of all, I'm interested in the demographics of users. You report on users under 25 but what about other ages, gender, race differences.

Erik
Erik

Interesting. My own statistics from GA for several sites shows 42% of firefox users and only 17% IE.

modraideja
modraideja

Wow, 300 million new webpages in 2011, that is a big number :)

Tom Eldridge
Tom Eldridge

I think it would be great to put these figures into context. Any chance you could put the percentage change from one year to the next?

Pingdom
Pingdom

Thanks Josep M., we'll keep that in mind for next year.

Kalex
Kalex

Funny: 2.1 billion humans create 2.4 billion social network accounts. An average internet user has more than one account. 800 million facebook accounts plus 225 million twitter accounts - what about 1.15 billion other accounts? Google plus + x ? Or lots of bots out there?

Trevor
Trevor

37.36% of all statistics are incorrect.

Mobin
Mobin

Increased my understanding of the virtual world

Josep M.
Josep M.

Great post. A comparison would be fine with the previous year (2010) to see increases and decreases.

Sacred
Sacred

Imagine a world without free knowledge

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Flemming - MEDIA:UNA

Are there any specific celebrity social stats available re twitter followers, FB friends, YoutTube videos etc?

Ash
Ash

Stats are eye opening between 2010 and 2011! Thanks for compiling this!

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Gianni

Nice wrapup - is the Keynote preso available on Slideshare by any chance? Tx

Todd
Todd

Great info. Can't imagine the length of time it takes for you to write an article like this/collect the data! Internet users pie chart looks a little wobbly though :-)

Ayesh
Ayesh

So Chrome defeated Firefox ???

mumtaztm
mumtaztm

Hello,

is there any API through which we can find the all types of Video statistic on Youtube.

 

mumtaztm
mumtaztm

Hello, is there any API through which we can find the all types of Video statistic on Youtube.  

mcowell
mcowell

W3 Schools statistics tend to reflect the usage habits of their technical audience - hence they are massively skewed in favour of developer-friendly browsers such as Firefox.

mcowell
mcowell

W3 Schools statistics tend to reflect the usage habits of their technical audience - hence they are massively skewed in favour of developer-friendly browsers such as Firefox.

YaCartcom
YaCartcom

I believe half the FB a/c are bots & so on, its a virtual world. half could be fancy n fake

YaCartcom
YaCartcom

I believe half the FB a/c are bots & so on, its a virtual world. half could be fancy n fake

adam198669
adam198669

Yup, simply cant imagine that scenario. Anyways love these type of statistics and I wonder if there will be one for the year 2012, if there is one please let me know.   Regards, Mike http://itscharmingtime.com/

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