Published January 14, 2011
Statistics recently released by Pingdom show a healthy growth in domain names globally last year.
According to Pingdom , there were 88.8 million .com domain names, 13.2 million .net names, 8.6 million .org domains and 79.2 million country code top level domains (ccTLD) at the end of 2010.
All told, this represents a 7% increase in registered domain names since the year before.
There were 255 million websites at the end of last year, representing growth of 21.4 million since the end of 2009.
More domains, more web sites and more people online means more email of course and Pingdom says 107 trillion emails were sent last year, an average of 294 billion a day. Unfortunately spam still takes up the lion's share of that amount, around 89%.
The number of Internet users had reached 1.97 billion by July last year.
The Internet has come a long way in what is really a very short time. While it has its roots in a U.S. Department of Defense project that developed a rudimentary Internet in the 1960's, it was only in 1990 that Tim Berners-Lee coined the World Wide Web term and 1991 when the first web server and browser was made publicly accessible.
By the end of 1992, there were only a couple of dozen publicly accessible sites available on the World World Wide web. The first secured ecommerce transaction was thought to have occurred in 1994 with the purchase of a CD called "Ten Summoner's Tales" by Sting. By 2001, 500 million people were using the Internet. In July 2010, that number of people were registered users of Facebook.
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