When I am preparing a presentation I often like to take a snap shot of whats happening in the world at the moment to frame the amazing rate of change we are seeing. So here are some of my favourites:
1. CIA Factbook – https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html Say what you like about the CIA this is an interesting site filled with huge amount of information and statistics.
2. Worldometers - http://www.worldometers.info/ This site is actually a little bit scary. With updating totals that tick over a a very fast rate this page will tell you about
- world population
- governments and economics
- society & media
- and so much more.
Enjoy the visit, but the numbers are stunning
3. Gap Minder – http://www.gapminder.org/ The website of stats genius Hans Rosling. This is a must visit site and like worldometers, is a little frightening. But watch the videos and dive into the statistics presented in interesting and understandable ways. Just brilliant.
4. World Internet Stats – http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm This site will give you a continent by continent breakdown of connections and more. Again a useful site particularly for those who need a global perspective.
5. Royal Pingdom – http://royal.pingdom.com/2012/01/17/internet-2011-in-numbers/ – this is a great snap shot of 2011, and it examine more than just connection to the internet. have a look at these comments about 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).
6. Youtube statistics – http://www.youtube.com/t/press_statistics/ Youtube like facebook is an icon of our age. Its not surprizing that its changing how we view our media and how media producers are publishing media. Have a look at the traffic they have
- Over 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month
- Over 3 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube
- 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
- 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
- YouTube is localized in 43 countries and across 60 languages
- In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views or around 140 views for every person on Earth
7. Facebook newsroom http://newsroom.fb.com/content/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=22 The social network with 900+ million subscribers
- 955 million monthly active users at the end of June 2012.
- Approximately 81% of our monthly active users are outside the U.S. and Canada.
- 552 million daily active users on average in June 2012.
- 543 million monthly active users who used Facebook mobile products in June 2012.
8. Netcraft webserver survey - http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2012/08/02/august-2012-web-server-survey.html This site does a monthly survey and presents data on the number of webservers in the world each month. The growth over time is impressive, but last month saw the number of websites decrease by 30 million.