Study: The Internet had 2.1 billion users in 2011

How many people actually used the Internet in 2011? According to a new collection of statistics by the web site Pingdom, the number is actually 2.1 billion users worldwide. The report claims that 44 percent of those users, a cool 922.2 million people, are based in Asia; Europe is second with 23 percent, or 476.2 million people, of all Internet users; and North America is third with 10 percent or 271.1 million users.

The report is full of other interesting stats about the Internet as it stood at the end of last year, including these numbers:

  • 95.5 million .com-based domain names were live by the end of 2011.
  • There were 1.2 billion active mobile broadband subscriptions at the end of last year
  • There were 555 million web sites by the end of 2011 and 300 million of them were added last year.
  • There was a massive 239.1 percent increase in the number of Apache-based web sites in 2011.
  • 3.146 billion email accounts have been established worldwide by the end of last year.
  • The most popular email client, with 27.6 percent of the market, is Microsoft Outlook.
  • 71 percent of all email traffic in the world in November 2011 is considered to be spam.
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With the world hovering around 7 billion people now, you'd think it would be higher, honestly. There's still an awful lot of stone-age people out there. It's difficult for me to imagine life without the internet at this point. They don't know what they're missing.

Bryan000 said,
With the world hovering around 7 billion people now, you'd think it would be higher, honestly. There's still an awful lot of stone-age people out there. It's difficult for me to imagine life without the internet at this point. They don't know what they're missing.

And just the opposite, there's obviously a great deal of people who are content living their lives without being 'hooked up'

Bryan000 said,
With the world hovering around 7 billion people now, you'd think it would be higher, honestly. There's still an awful lot of stone-age people out there. It's difficult for me to imagine life without the internet at this point. They don't know what they're missing.

Well, think about those extreme poor countries of Africa where life itself seems like a big luxury. Do you think a person who can't eat properly cares to use internet??

bmthetechfan said,

Well, think about those extreme poor countries of Africa where life itself seems like a big luxury. Do you think a person who can't eat properly cares to use internet??

A big luxury? Are you kidding? There are homeless people that have their own websites and blackberrys.

95.5 million .com-based domain names were live by the end of 2011.

No wonder I couldn't find a .com one for myself.

FMH said,

No wonder I couldn't find a .com one for myself.

I'd wager a highly irritating part of these are not "live" websites but useless landing pages filled with ads as a result of top registrars' domain hoarding practices that no one cares to stop. Worse, what ICANN is doing to appear to solve the problem - add more TLDs! No, .com is the most valuable TLD. And it's poisoned to the brim.