2010 Online, by the Numbers

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NY Times, 1/14/11

Think your e-mail in-box is overflowing because you get dozens of e-mails a day? That’s nothing: Internet users collectively sent 107 trillion (yes, that’s with a “t”) messages in 2010.

Granted, a large percentage of those messages were spam, but that’s still a lot of e-mail. And that’s only a tiny slice of the bits that flew around the Internet last year.

In an effort to figure out how many e-mails, videos, photos and other digital stuff we collectively uploaded and passed around the Web in 2010, Pingdom, an Internet monitoring service, corralled a number of research reports and company statistics to create a picture of the year in online stuff.

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