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It is estimated that the Internet is currently growing at a rate of 65 percent every year! If the Internet continues to grow at its present rate--an impossibility for technical and sociological reasons--the population of the Internet would equal the population of the planet by the year 2003.
A good indication of the Internet's speed of growth is the Internet Index, an interesting little document compiled by Win Tresse (firstname.lastname@example.org). It is reproduced in part here for your edification and enlightenment.
The Internet Index [Inspired by "Harper's Index"] Compiled by Win Treese (email@example.com) Annual rate of growth for Gopher traffic: 997% Annual rate of growth for WWW traffic: 341,634% Average time between new networks connecting to the Internet: 10 minutes Number of newspaper and magazine articles about the Internet during the first nine months of 1993: over 2300 Advertised network numbers in October, 1993: 16,533 Advertised network numbers in October, 1992: 7,505 Date after which more than half the registered networks were commercial: August, 1991 Number of Internet hosts in Norway, per 1000 population: 5 Number of Internet hosts in United States, per 1000 population: 4 Number of Internet hosts in October, 1993: 2,056,000 Number of USENET articles posted in two weeks during December, 1993: 605,000 Number of megabytes posted: 1450 Number of users posting: 130,000 Number of sites represented: 42,000
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