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And the " Global Village " became a Reality
Internet has made real what in the 1970's that visionary of the communications Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) called the "Global Village".

In a matter of very few years, the Internet has consolidated itself as a very powerful platform that has changed the way we do business, and the way we communicate. The Internet, as no other medium, has given an International or, if you prefer, a "Globalized" dimension to the world. It is the Universal source of information.

Internet is actually the most democratic of all the mass media. With a very low investment, anyone can have a web page in Internet. This way, almost any business can reach a very large market, directly, fast and economically, no matter the size or its location of your business. With a very low investment almost anybody that can read and write can have access to the World Wide Web.

"When I took office, only high energy physicists had ever heard of what is called the World Wide Web ... Now even my cat has it's own page."
- Bill Clinton

History and Growth of the Internet

Before getting into the numbers, let's take a look at the
fascinating history of the Internet, from 1945 to 1995, by
courtesy of the
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Today the Internet continues to grow day by day making
Global Village a reality. The following table
shows the incredibly fast evolution of the Internet from
1995 till the present time:





December, 1995

16 millions
0.4 %


December, 1996

36 millions
0.9 %


December, 1997

70 millions
1.7 %


December, 1998

147 millions
3.6 %

C.I. Almanac

December, 1999

248 millions
4.1 %

Nua Ltd.

March, 2000

304 millions
5.0 %

Nua Ltd.

July, 2000

359 millions
5.9 %

Nua Ltd.

December, 2000

361 millions
5.8 %

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March, 2001

458 millions
7.6 %

Nua Ltd.

June, 2001

479 millions
7.9 %

Nua Ltd.

August, 2001

513 millions
8.6 %

Nua Ltd.

April, 2002

558 millions
8.6 %

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July, 2002

569 millions
9.1 %

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September, 2002

587 millions
9.4 %

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March, 2003

608 millions
9.7 %

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September, 2003

677 millions
10.6 %

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October, 2003

682 millions
10.7 %

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December, 2003

719 millions
11.1 %

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February, 2004

745 millions
11.5 %

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May, 2004

757 millions
11.7 %

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October, 2004

812 millions
12.7 %

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December, 2004

817 millions
12.7 %

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March, 2005

888 millions
13.9 %

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June, 2005

938 millions
14.6 %

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September, 2005

957 millions
14.9 %

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November, 2005

972 millions
15.2 %

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December, 2005

1,018 millions
15.7 %

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March, 2006

1,023 millions
15.7 %

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June, 2006

1,043 millions
16.0 %

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Sept, 2006

1,086 millions
16.7 %

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Dec, 2006

1,093 millions
16.7 %

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Mar, 2007

1,129 millions
17.2 %

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June, 2007

1,173 millions
17.8 %

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Sept, 2007

1,245 millions
18.9 %

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Nov, 2007

1,262 millions
19.1 %

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Statistics of the Internet

The Internet has made distances shorter and the world smaller.
However, the great divider that stands in the way of a truly global
society is fact that there are many different different languages
spoken in our planet Earth. The following table shows the ten
most numerous languages spoken by the
Internet users.

To see old (Historic) Internet World Usage Statistics
click here.
For detailed information on the Internet from
click here.
For more on the Internet's history and its relationship with the information
revolution read
NetValley's informative nine part report.

For current up to date Internet User Statistics
click here.

Click here for information on the 1995 to 2005 domain count growth.
For 1993-1996 domain count data see Internet Growth Summary.

History of the Internet

Learn what the internet is and how it works, read
about the creation of the internet, internet culture,
legal and moral issues, and a lot more at

Here you will find the Internet History in a few links
Learn about Leonard Kleinrock who in 1962 invented
the packet-switching technology that made it all possible.

You can see a timetable highlighting some of the Internet
key events and technologies that helped shape the Internet
as we know it today at the
Hobbes Internet Timeline.

The Internet Virtual Library also features a very complete
page with links about the
Internet History.

The Living Internet is a free web site, including more than
700 pages about the Internet's history, design, advanced use,
key features, security issues, help resources, and references
to additional information about the Internet.

Another interesting website is the Internet Archive They are
building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts
in digital form, like a paper library. Free access is provided to
researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable
technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead
the Web to its full potential. W3C is a forum for information, commerce,
communication, and collective understanding. On the W3C page, you'll
find news, links to W3C technologies, help and ways to get involved.
Public participation is welcome at the

The Top Web Sites of the Internet
For information on the current favorite web sites
take a look at
Alexa's Top 500 Sites

Click here to see the Internet usage by world regions.

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12 January 2008

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