Diverse Technology Solutions, a provider of cloud hosting, managed IT services and technology consulting, produced the following infographic which shows, as it’s titled, the size and scope of the World Wide Web (WWW).
Online vs ‘Real’ Population
At the top of the graphic, we are called attention to maps of the US and China. The accompanying text notes that as of December 31, 2011 there were 2.25 billion (yes, that’s with a ‘B’) people across the world who use the WWW. The maps of China and the US are there to highlight the size of this ‘online population’ by pointing out that this tremendous number of people is seven times (7X) the size of the population of the US and is two times (2X) the population of China.
Big and Getting Bigger
The text goes on to point out that in the year 2000, there were a meager 360,000,000 (360 million) regular WWW users. Extrapolating from the year 2000 to 2012 to 2022, if the growth trend remains (and all evidence shows that if anything, it is accelerating!), those who count themselves to be part of the ‘online population’ will be near 4.6 billion, or almost 60% of the entire world’s population. These are large numbers indeed! The amount of data resident in the WWW, number of wireless connections and the amount of electricity used are explored in following sections of the infographic. Enjoy!