What Happens in an “Internet Minute”?

What is an “Internet minute” any way?

It’s what it says on the tin: one minute on the Internet. Sixty seconds.

What can happen within that period of time? What does happen in one minute on the Internet?

If you’ve ever been caught waiting for that “one minute to go” period when making updates on Mac OS, then you know that one minute can be an eternity; and the same goes online. That is, if you count all the things that actually happen in sixty seconds.

This concept is not a new one, with some data being release in the past years about what happens online in one minute, but in this landscape, so many things change so quickly. Here is a nifty infographic showing you in detail just what happens in an Internet minute.

Internet minute


Here’s a quick rundown:

  • YouTube: 30 hours of video uploaded; 1.3 million video views (hardly surprising)
  • Google: more than 2 million search queries
  • Facebook: 6 million views and 277,000 logins
  • Twitter: 100,000 new tweets and 320+ new Twitter accounts

And that’s just the top 4 activities/platforms!

Being an online professional who works with WordPress and Blogger practically all the time, not to mention sleeping in email, I can’t help but look specifically for these things in the infographic.

If you’re an online worker, too, you might want to take a closer look. You’ll find Blogger and WordPress in the left part, almost negligible it seems! While we may spend hours researching for blog entries, perusing design sites such as for the perfect theme, and writing posts that hit the spot, it seems that we’re a minority. That does give you a different perspective, doesn’t it?

What now?

On the other hand, all this information can be put to good use. For one, knowing which sites/platforms are used most can validate our activities. That or point us in the right direction. For example, have you been using YouTube to your advantage? How about Flickr?

This kind of infographic is always cool – numbers and stats don’t lie, but don’t let it remain a “cool thing”. My challenge to you is to take a long, hard look and find ways to apply the data to something useful.

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