Jun 12 2013

18 Incredible Internet-Usage Statistics

If you’ve ever wondered where Big Data comes from, look no further.

Big Data presents both challenges and opportunities to the federal government. In fact, Big Data is probably the primary way government will enhance services to citizens over the next five to 10 years. The problem, of course, is that the data is so massive (and growing every day) that agencies can’t keep up. And the tools and resources needed to turn Big Data into actionable deliverables are expensive. Luckily, as budgets shrink, computing power is growing almost exponentially. There are a number of factors at play, and although challenges will always be present, Big Data is too big an opportunity to ignore.

The term “Big Data” is a bit vague. While data can include everything from tweets to data-center temperatures, it’s hard to comprehend the scale of the data at hand. This year’s Internet Trends report by Silicon Valley venture capitalists Mary Meeker and Liang Wu add some necessary perspective. The report examines the state of the Internet in terms of users, advertising, services, e-commerce and devices. The numbers are startling and add necessary perspective to the notion of Big Data.

For example, more than 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. Each image carries EXIF metadata, such as location, camera type, exposure, aperture and megapixels. Each photo is a collection of data, and hidden within the massive database of photos and metadata is a story about the users, the camera manufacturers and the social networking sites. If manipulated correctly, organizations could find deep insight into the trends that will predict the future of photography. The same is true for many other types of data, including the data that will power future government services:

The full report can be viewed below, but here are 18 of the most astonishing numbers:

5 billion Global mobile phone users
2.4 billion Global Internet users in 2012
1.5 billion Global smartphone users
1.1 billion Global active Facebook users, 68 percent of whom are on mobile devices
1 billion Miles driven with the Waze app open each month
500 million+ Total photos uploaded to Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Flickr daily
244 million American Internet users in 2012
38 million User-generated reviews on Yelp
150 Times per day mobile phone users checks their devices
100 Hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute
88% Share of American-made mobile operating systems
78% Americans who are Internet users
15% Share of total Internet traffic coming from mobile devices
14 Countries who share more information online than the United States
9-fold Increase in digital information created and shared over the last five years
8 Of the top ten Internet properties in the world are American websites
3x iPad growth rate compared to iPhone
3 Years it took for tablets to outsell desktops and laptops

For more stats on the growth of mobile device usage, click here.

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