‘On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.’

This Peter Steiner cartoon published in The New Yorker on July 5, 1993, still makes me laugh.

It wittily captures the revolutionary quality of the internet age.  The internet, in less than two decades of public use, has emerged as a central source of information, persuasion, entertainment and anonymity.

Here are seven statistics from Pingdom that reveal how far we have come in so short a time:

* 247 billion — Number of emails sent each day, totaling 90 trillion a year.  81% are spam.

* 1.73 billion — Number of internet users worldwide, representing an 18% increase from the preceding year.

* 350 million — Number of people with Facebook pages. Half of them log in every day. At the current rate, 30 billion photos will be uploaded to Facebook this year.

* 126 million — Number of blogs, as tracked by BlogPulse.  The Dean’s Blog is a modest contributor, averaging about 120 views a day.

* 47 million — Number of new Web sites added in 2009.

* 40 million — Number of YouTube videos that U.S. internet users watch each day.

* 4.25 million — Number of Twitter fans following Ashton Kutcher’s @aplusk, Twitter’s most followed. I’m not one of them.

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