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By Ben Hollom
We all know that the Internet is huge but can we really grasp its enormity? Can we comprehend what happens online every minute? A new study from chipmaker Intel could help us imagine the real scale of the Internet by revealing what happens online every 60 seconds. Here are some of the stats.
There are 204 million e-mails sent and 47,000 apps downloaded every minute. Meanwhile, retail giant Amazon generates £55,000 in online sales.
Figures regarding social networks are just as astonishing. Every 60 seconds there are 20 million photos viewed and 3,000 uploaded on Flickr, whereas six million pages are visited on Facebook and 1.3 million YouTube videos are played in the same period of time. Some 61,000 hours of music are played on Pandora every minute, Intel also calculated. Overall, almost 640 Gb of global IP data is transferred every 60 seconds.
If you find these stats stunning, think again. Researchers believe that they will be dwarfed by what will be happening in the Internet world in 2015. Intel predicts that Internet usage will rise dramatically over the next couple of years, as more people worldwide have online access via their smartphones. The study also calculated that by 2015, the number of Internet-connected devices will be twice as big as the world´s population. The video content crossing all IP networks every second would take a single viewer five years to watch, Intel said.