By the Numbers | rheacock | December 10, 2013


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By the Numbers

Number of new websites created per minute in 2013: 571.

Number of new domains registered: 70.

Number of photos posted to Tumblr: 20,000.

Number of new tweets: 278,000.

Of the top 100 most followed accounts on Twitter, the number that are musicians: 54.

Number that are tech companies: 7.

Number that are television show hosts: 7.

Number that are Brazilian soccer players: 3.

Number that are Kardashians: 3.

Number that are affiliated with One Direction: 6.

(Number of musicians in One Direction: 5.)

Speed reached by Li-Fi, a Wi-Fi alternative that transmits data by rapidly switching tiny light bulbs on and off: 10 Gbit/second.

Percentage of current Iranian cabinet members who maintain Facebook pages, despite the country’s Facebook ban: 100.

Percentage by which traffic to adult entertainment website PornHub decreased in Chicago after the Chicago Blackhawks won the final game of the Stanley Cup: 19.

Percentage by which it increased in Boston, home of the Bruins (who, sadly, lost): 21.

Actors whose fan websites were defaced in the last year by Syrian Electronic Army hackers: Johnny Depp, Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt.

Among the terms censored on Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo this year: “hair bacon.”

Number of copyright takedown requests Google received per second in September 2011: 0.29.

In September 2013: 8.76.

Size of English-language Wikipedia, in printed volumes, as of late 2013: 1930.

Of French-language Wikipedia: 469.

Vietnamese: 342.

Romanian: 40.


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“Twitter top 100: most followers,” Twitter Counter, (accessed October 29, 2013).

James Vincent, “Li-Fi revolution: internet connections using light bulbs are 250 times faster than broadband,” The Independent, October 28, 2013,

Robert Tait, “Hassan Rouhani's cabinet open Facebook accounts,” The Telegraph, September 9, 2013,

Brian Stubits, “Chart: Boston turns to porn after Game 6 loss in Stanley Cup Final,” CBSSports, June 25, 2013,

Jason Q. Ng., Blocked on Weibo: What Gets Suppressed on China’s Version of Twitter (And Why), (New York City: The New Press, 2013).

AFP, “China employs 2 million analysts to monitor web activity,” RT, October 6, 2013,

Google Transparency Report, “Requests to Remove Content: Due to copyright,”

“Wikipedia: size in volumes,”

“Modèle:Wikipédia sur papier,”èle:Wikipédia_sur_papier.

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“Utilizator: Strainu/biblioteca,”


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