2012 – Status of the Internet – 2.4 Billion Internet Users

by steve on December 5, 2012

Interested in where this Internet-driven world is going?  It’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more people with access.  It’s also no surprise that more and more people are gaining access from something other than a grey-box windows PC.

It’s good news overall I believe – we’re building a global nervous system, a way for all of us to determine our future collaboratively.  How great is that?

usage visualization Meeker’s slide on Internet platform users

From the article:

Mary Meeker, a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, has just published her latest huge deck of amazingly useful data, the “2012 Internet Trends Year-End Update.”


  • Meeker’s data show 2.4 billion Internet users worldwide, a number that’s still growing eight percent yearly.
  • There are 1.1 billion smartphone subscribers worldwide — but that’s still just 17 percent of the global cellphone market.
  • 29 percent of adults in the U.S. now own either a tablet or an e-reader.
  • Mobile devices now account for 13 percent of worldwide Internet traffic, up from 4 percent in 2010.
  • Mobile app and advertising revenue has grown at an annual rate of 129 percent since 2008, and now tops $19 billion.
  • Mobile traffic app Waze has been adding users faster than all GPS makers combined have sold personal navigation units, and it’s been that way since the beginning of 2012.

Meeker’s presentation goes on to spell out how these device and connectivity trends are leading to the complete re-imagination of everything from encyclopedias to money itself. It’s a great presentation — you should definitely read it.

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/12/03/mary-meeker-releases-stunning-data-on-the-state-of-the-internet/#bUzttHiYudUxPPRq.99


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