Granted, a large percentage of those messages were spam, but that’s still a lot of e-mail. And that’s only a tiny slice of the bits that flew around the Internet last year.
In an effort to figure out how many e-mails, videos, photos and other digital stuff we collectively uploaded and passed around the Web in 2010, Pingdom, an Internet monitoring service, corralled a number of research reports and company statistics to create a picture of the year in online stuff.
Of course, e-mail is just one piece of the digital pie. Below are a few highlights.
The number of people online naturally keeps growing. As of June 2010 there were 1.97 billion Internet users worldwide, with 825.1 million of them in Asia, 475.1 million in Europe and 266.2 million in North America.
350 million users.
As for the things people are sharing online: Internet users sent 360 billion pieces of content across Facebook over the year, which included links, notes and photos. Flickr, just one of a number of popular photo sites, saw 130 million photos uploaded to the site each month.
There was also a staggering rise in video use online with the advent and growth of new smartphones that can view and record video. People watched 60 billion videos on YouTube each month — that’s 730 billion videos throughout the year. And the average Internet user watched 186 videos each month, although I’m sure the 2- to 24-year-old set watched far more.
Pingdom rounded up a number of other interesting statistics that you can see here.