billion people are using internet it is amazing or not?you say
January 30, 2007 10:06am CST
Well, when I first attempted to answer this question at the back end of 1998 there were between 60 and 160 million users worldwide give or take a few million and depending on who you believed. The big riches to rags story of 2001-2 was the dotcom crash. Amongst all the dot-bomb jokes it was easy to overlook the fact that Internet usage has carried on growing at a phenomenal rate. Current global estimates (2004-5) indicate that there are upwards of 700 million of us online, 840 million according to the GlobalReach research agency. According to research company Nielsen there are upwards of 34 million Britons currently connected. And, as of December 2004, there were some 190 million Europeans online says stats compiler Nua, who also break global usage down country by country. It's an inexact science and these figures are best guesstimates, but there's no question which way the graph's moving. Predictions for 2005 suggest getting on for a billion people online globally, with Europe and Asia-Pacific growing faster than the U.S. (IDC).