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17 years later: 162 million web sites!

, posted: 5-Apr-2008 08:56

Over at Pingdom we can see the result of their latest activity: They plotted the growth in web-sites since the inception of the world wide web at the end of 1990:

Growth of the world wide web


Fascinating! In just over 17 years, from the first site to now more than 160 million. The dot-com crash in 2001/2002 is also clearly visible. But traumatic as that event was for many of us, we can see that in the larger scheme of things it was merely a blib on the radar.


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Comment by freitasm, on 5-Apr-2008 10:09

I wonder how many of these are on cybersquatters hands redirecting to those ad serving farms...


Author's note by foobar, on 5-Apr-2008 10:29

@freitasm: Yes, that's a good question, of course. Pingdom said on their blog that from 1995 onwards the number includes parked domains as well. They are counting: Domains that respond (to HTTP requests). The parked ones usually respond...


Comment by barf, on 5-Apr-2008 11:36

so does this graph therefore show a trending increase in spam and cyber squatting? ;-)


Comment by S.Chandrasheka Reddy, on 2-Sep-2008 06:02

This is about everything. It is for all.


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