There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it’s impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but I am going to give it a shot anyway. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What’s the most popular web browser? How many Internet users are there? These are some of the questions this blog will answer for you.

Web servers

  • -6.7% – Decline in the number of Apache websites in 2012.
  • 32.4% – Growth in the number of IIS websites in 2012.
  • 36.4% – Growth in the number of NGINX websites in 2012.
  • 15.9% – Growth in the number of Google websites in 2012.

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Internet users

    • 2.4 billion – Number of Internet users worldwide.
    • 1.1 billion – Number of Internet users in Asia.
    • 519 million – Number of Internet users in Europe.
    • 274 million – Number of Internet users in North America.
    • 255 million – Number of Internet users in Latin America / Caribbean.
    • 167 million – Number of Internet users in Africa.
    • 90 million – Number of Internet users in the Middle East.
    • 24.3 million – Number of Internet users in Oceania / Australia.
    • 565 million – Number of Internet users in China, more than any other country in the world.
    • 42.1% – Internet penetration in China.

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Internet Penetration

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Search

  • 1.2 trillion – Number of searches on Google  in 2012.
  • 67% – Google’s market-leading share of the U.S. search market (December).
  • 1 – The top trending question of the year on Ask.com: “Will Rob and Kristen get back together?”

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Images

  • 7 petabytes – How much photo content Facebook added every month.
  • 300 million – Number of new photos added every day to Facebook.
  • 5 billion – The total number of photos uploaded to Instagram since its start, reached in September 2012.
  • 58 – Number of photos uploaded every second to Instagram.
  • 1 – Apple iPhone 4S was the most popular camera on Flickr.

What about the Internet in 2013?

Just a couple of months into 2013 we don’t yet know much about what the year ahead has in store for us. However, we can perhaps make a few predictions: we will be accessing the Internet more with mobile devices, social media will play an increasingly important role in our lives, and we’ll rely even more on the Internet both privately as well as professionally.

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