What happens in a minute on the Internet?

If we aren’t Tweeting, we are updating our Facebook status. If we aren’t web browsing, we are sending an email. We are constantly generating data, and substantial amounts of it.

Zack Whittaker recently published a CNet article showing how the sheer amount of data we generate stacks up.

Every minute of the day:

  • Email users send more than 204 million messages
  • Mobile Web receives 217 new users
  • Google receives over 2 million search queries
  • YouTube users upload 48 hours of new video
  • Facebook users share 684,000 bits of content
  • Twitter users send more than 100,000 tweets
  • Consumers spend $272,000 on Web shopping
  • Apple receives around 47,000 application downloads
  • Brands receive more than 34,000 Facebook ‘likes’
  • Tumblr blog owners publish 27,000 new posts
  • Instagram users share 3,600 new photos
  • Flickr users, on the other hand, add 3,125 new photos
  • Foursquare users perform 2,000 check-ins
  • WordPress users publish close to 350 new blog posts

And, per minute an average of 47,000 apps are downloaded.

These stats are truly astounding and send a bigger message to software developers about load and security testing; Confirm your software can hold up under pressure.

We saw a prime example from Twitter last week. Users experienced outages mainly on Thursday with significant down-time and slow service. Twitter fans panicked with tweets like “I am a survivor of the Twitter crash”.

Every time you Tweet you are among 100,000 others sending a Tweet at that minute, a major reason why the company needs to be prepared for the highest peak loads and any possible bugs. According to Twitter communications the crash was because of a bug. However, the last time Twitter crashed was on New Year’s Day when the site crashed after becoming “overloaded”.

Do any of these Internet stats surprise you? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section.