A recent graphic in The Week magazine (4-29-16, p. 18) reminds us of just how far the web has come.
Twenty years ago, our company (then named “PMI”) launched its first website (depicted, in part at left). It was a rather tacky little affair with too many colors, fonts and sizes but hey, we were all young once – even the Internet.
As The Week points out, back then, at the dawn of 1996, there were a mere 40 million Internet users worldwide. Today, there are 3.2 billion. That’s an eight thousand percent increase in just two decades. And in five years even that’s projected to double. That will equal or even exceed the number of people on the planet!
We used to call websites “on-ramps to the information superhighway!” As a good friend once famously quipped, “You’re nobody till you’re somebody-dot-com.” (Thanks, Dave.)
Today, we’re awash in data, as in:
7,000 tweets… per second
Over 53,000 Google searches… per second
Over 120,000 YouTube videos viewed… per second
Nearly two and a half million emails sent… per second
And over 35 terabytes (a million gigabytes) of internet traffic… per second
By next year there are projected to be nearly nine million data centers worldwide. Amazon has 30, each of which contains roughly 50,000 servers.
Back when we launched out site, your could download a 4 minute song in about… eight minutes. Today, two seconds.
And lastly, for some longer term perspective, there’s this: Just over thirty years ago, in 1985 (two years before we launched our company), the Cray-2 was the world’s fastest supercomputer. That Cray-2 had the same processing power as the Apple iPhone 4 when it was released in 2010. That Cray-2 weighed nearly three tons. The iPhone 4: just 5 ounces.
And just for good measure, don’t forget: the pace of change in technology is said to be running faster than ever before. Hold on tight…