One minute on the Internet: 640TB data transferred, 100k tweets, 204 million e-mails sent

By on March 20, 2013, 6:00 PM

The well-known idiom "New York minute" is a phrase oft-used to express an extremely brief moment in time -- but an Internet minute? That's a whole other level of micro-time keeping. An infographic by Intel breaks down exactly what happens online in just one minute and the numbers truly boggle the mind.

In just 60 seconds, nearly 640 terabytes of IP data is transferred across the globe. Intel then breaks that number down into every day activities and recognizable websites.

A major contributor to that data, Google, will have answered (or at least tried to answer) more than two million search queries during that single, minute-long slice of time. Meanwhile, its YouTube video service will have served up roughly 1.3 million videos while simultaneously digesting about 30 hours worth of uploaded video destined for public consumption.

Also in an Internet minute, Amazon rakes in around $83,000 in sales while 20 unfortunate souls will fall prey to identify thieves.

Over six million Facebook views will have been made and 100,000 Tweets posted, but venerable old-school e-mail is still the most happening method of keeping in touch. A whopping 204 million e-mails being sent out every minute. Even though about 150 million of those are probably spam, that's still a lot of messages packed into 60 seconds.

In addition to breaking down a minute on the web, Intel also makes a couple of projections for the year 2015. Today, the number of networked devices is roughly equivalent to the global populace, but in 2015, that number is expected to increase two-fold. Meanwhile, a staggering five years' worth of digital video will traverse IP networks each second, the infographic predicts.




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Nima304 said:

That's pretty awesome. I wonder what the original founders of the Internet thought once they realized it would grow to this magnitude.

Puiu Puiu said:

Still not big enough for me. Low speed internet connections are slowing down the growth.

mrcavooter mrcavooter said:

Still not big enough for me. Low speed internet connections are slowing down the growth.

I have 56k, get off my back!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Still not big enough for me. Low speed internet connections are slowing down the growth.
Really? Just how many credit card could you run up to max...., how much money could you piss away in an online casino...., how much porn could you download...., how many mindless tweets could you launch..., how many supposed "friends" could you make on Facebook...., and how many copyrights could you infringe upon...., if the slow connections weren't holding you back?

That was the "royal you", of course. I expect a nice person like you doesn't do any of that sort of thing. Which of course breeds the question, "why exactly does the internet need to be faster"?

Oh wait, I know! So Google can get targeted ads to you even faster than they do now...:oops: .

1 person liked this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I have 56k, get off my back!

Since you see negativity in a positive comment, I will jump on your back. The comment was not for you as a buyer, the comment was for providers because they are sitting happy on a monthly income without a desire to upgrade.

2 people like this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Since you see negativity in a positive comment, I will jump on your back. The comment was not for you as a buyer, the comment was for providers because they are sitting happy on a monthly income without a desire to upgrade.
As you probably see in the news, the infrastructure of the country is crumbling, jobs are scarce, and "urban decay" abounds.

So, if the telecoms are sitting on enough capital to make capital improvements and don't, then it's the customer's responsibility to boycott until the quality of service goes up, and the price comes.down. The people with the smart phones they simply can't live without, are fueling corporate greed. If you weren't so damned needy and addicted, it would be a buyer's market, not the seller's.

An economy needs food production, natural resources, and manufacturing to be viable.Any economy certainly doesn't need all of its citizens watching HBO and yapping on their phones to the exclusion of everything else. And, as much as I hate to say it, b**ching about it at Techspot either.

Verizon is massively expanding their infrastructure. Um "FIOS", does that ring a bell with any of you? It should, because you're their proxies who are supporting the endless, nagging, inescapable ad campaign they've been running for years now.

I have 1 Mbs DSL, locked in for life @ $18.00. That's fast enough for me. And no, I don't want to "upgrade", so I can waste the rest of my life playing some stupid MMOLRPG.

Wow, one minute of internet traffic contains 100,000 tweets, 99,999 of which are totally pointless, ego massaging blurts, from a pack of jackals deluding themselves into believing "what they're doing" matters. RIGHT, we need more of that, and we need it a whole lot faster.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I have 1 Mbs DSL, locked in for life @ $18.00. That's fast enough for me. And no, I don't want to "upgrade", so I can waste the rest of my life playing some stupid MMOLRPG.
I couldn't agree with you more, except for the fact that not everyone has 1Mbs DSL (including myself). Even though I am for the most part, happy enough with my connection. Not everyone is as fortunate, take the guy above with the 56k connection (which seemed to take offense to the slow Internet comment) for example.

Tell me exactly how is it these companies don't have the power to kill off everything less than your connection rate? Especially if you are being supplied this rate for only $18.

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Tell me exactly how is it these companies don't have the power to kill off everything less than your connection rate? Especially if you are being supplied this rate for only $18.
Verizon's Bell Telephone lineage makes it one of the few telecoms that is remotely still aware that they are a public utility, and God bless them for it.

Verizon pretty much put AOL out of business, at least in this area. DSL from them started @ 768Kbs / $14.95 Mo. I grabbed it like a life preserver, after my "free trial" with AOL expired. So, from time to time they offered "locked in for life" pricing, and I grabbed it. I actually called them up to cancel the 15 buck 768 contract, and said, "please charge me more, but the same forever". I have to admit, "erotic art" downloads quite a bit faster, even though the connection is technically only < 300Kbs faster.

Somebody took out a pole here, and I did without web and phone for almost 3 weeks. When I asked Comcast how much for internet, they said 40 bucks a month for thee months, then 70! I think I said something to the effect of "fire truck you", then waited, hoped, and prayed for Verizon to get back up and running.

FLWrd said:

204M mails? There are about 2.000.000.000 internet users, so that would be 1 mail per 10 minutes per user, all the time. Might be a bit high. I certainly do not receive 144 e-mails per day.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Amazon rakes in around $83,000 in sales.

Must be awful to be struggling like that.

Puiu Puiu said:

...

I have 1 Mbs DSL, locked in for life @ $18.00. That's fast enough for me. And no, I don't want to "upgrade", so I can waste the rest of my life playing some stupid MMOLRPG.

...

You write way too much. Being too serious is bad for your health.

Also those who don't want to improve their lives (even if it just the internet they use) have no right to stop the ones who want to do it.

For the record I have an 100mbps connection (for about 12$ per month) and when I test it I get from my place in Romania to the UK 30mbps. Some places have <1mbps and the USA has crap internet speeds in general. Internet speeds should improve every year, but for the last 3-4 years I have NOT seen any improvements. (with the exception one or 2 small countries)

I work in website development and trust me when I say that I spend more time optimizing for crap internet than I do adding features, improving the design and working on bugs. I hate wasting time. Not to mention that mobile internet will be slow for next decade or so.

Puiu Puiu said:

204M mails? There are about 2.000.000.000 internet users, so that would be 1 mail per 10 minutes per user, all the time. Might be a bit high. I certainly do not receive 144 e-mails per day.

most of it is spam and many have more than 1 active email account. (I use 3 or 4)

Guest said:

@FLWrd

you forgot the automated mail replaying systems and other relative services

the real users are maybe around 1/4 of this 204M

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

You write way too much. Being too serious is bad for your health.

Also those who don't want to improve their lives (even if it just the internet they use) have no right to stop the ones who want to do it.

For the record I have an 100mbps connection (for about 12$ per month) and when I test it I get from my place in Romania to the UK 30mbps. Some places have <1mbps and the USA has crap internet speeds in general. Internet speeds should improve every year, but for the last 3-4 years I have NOT seen any improvements. (with the exception one or 2 small countries)

I work in website development and trust me when I say that I spend more time optimizing for crap internet than I do adding features, improving the design and working on bugs. I hate wasting time. Not to mention that mobile internet will be slow for next decade or so.

Whoa... You must be a busy person working in web development optimizing the internet for all and sundry, manipulating a lot of email accounts with data rushing at you at a 100mbps. On top of that you still find the time to diagnose other peoples health issues and offer sage advice. I can't blame you for not noticing improved internet speeds for the 3-4 years because if you had, Superman would be coming to you for lessons.

spencer spencer said:

Ah yes the internet, the dimension of which cannot be controlled. That is until the congress says we need to give up internet freedom to stay safe from nonexistent CIA terrorists.

FLWrd said:

@FLWrd

you forgot the automated mail replaying systems and other relative services

the real users are maybe around 1/4 of this 204M

Still, for every mail sent, there is at least one recipient, often more. So every person should receive at least 144 mails per day on average. I think that I receive some 30 daily, including spam.

Camikazi said:

@FLWrd

you forgot the automated mail replaying systems and other relative services

the real users are maybe around 1/4 of this 204M

Still, for every mail sent, there is at least one recipient, often more. So every person should receive at least 144 mails per day on average. I think that I receive some 30 daily, including spam.

I have a junk email account that gets about 300 emails a day (I use it on shady sites where I know they will sell my info). I also have 2 other accounts that receive no spam and only real emails and I am sure many people have the same type of setup so 144 per account is not realistic.

Guest said:

@Camikazi:

you catch me as (Puiu said)

no body sends more then 20 mails in a regular work time (the mentioned services(spam) are excluded)

how den, we can reach the real Numbers for the estimation?

ps.1 I love google.translate

ps2. I hope its readable

matrix86 matrix86 said:

no body sends more then 20 mails in a regular work time

I guess you've never heard of company wide emails? You know, where corporate sends out an email to every employee, or at least every member of management. Or what about a college professor emailing an assignment to his/or students? Or what about a college sending out an important email to all students? Or what about internet retail companies sending out deals to all those who subscribed to daily emails? I can continue, if you need me to.

FLWrd said:

That usually is just one email with hundreds of recipients. It just doesn't add up under a naive interpretation of what "204 million emails" means.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

That usually is just one email with hundreds of recipients. It just doesn't add up under a naive interpretation of what "204 million emails" means.
Not really, one originator, one topic, sent to 200 people equals 200 times the data transmitted over, one originator, one topic, sent to one recipient.

Now why don't you tell me how "naive" that is?

FLWrd said:

In, the scenario you're sketching, the professor sends one email, which gets distributed to hundreds of mail boxes, but only 1 is "transferred across the globe", as the article says. And 150M spams per minute means about 100 spam emails per person per day.

If your assumption is right, then that number should be even higher, as most spam has more than one recipient.

Guest said:

You guys really don't know what an average is.

Not every account receives 144 emails per day. That would be an average. It does not mean that every single email account in the world gets 144 emails in a day, it means that if emails were distributed evenly, that would occur.

FLWrd said:

You guys really don't know what an average is.

Not every account receives 144 emails per day. That would be an average. It does not mean that every single email account in the world gets 144 emails in a day, it means that if emails were distributed evenly, that would occur.

Sorry, but I know perfectly well what an average is. And median, mode, standard deviation, skew, kurtosis, and what a t-test is, what a mancova is and how to interpret beta weights. So, when I receive 30 emails per day, and people in my environment do not seem quite close to that mark, that makes me suspicious. My whole point was that the number is probably inflated.

Now, about averages: open your mailbox and compute how many emails you got in the last, say, week? That number should be around 1000. Doesn't that sound too high?

matrix86 matrix86 said:

There's a difference between them getting an average, and you just picking out a random number. Over this past 7 days, I've received 236 emails (replies from threads I'm subscribed to, youtube replies/channel comments/video comments, personal emails, deal emails from online retailers, job sites giving me matches, spam, updates on items I've ordered and I think that's about it) in just one of my 3 accounts (I was going to find an average between them, but I had already emptied the trash in one of those 3 accounts so it wouldn't really be accurate).

FLWrd said:

Still makes me wonder how you can get from those numbers to 204M emails per minute. You got 33 emails per day in that account, and it might well be your most active account. Sounds reasonable. I get 30-ish across 3 accounts. Many people don't have that kind of activity. And for every data point under the average, there must be some compensation. I still think the number is too high.

matrix86 matrix86 said:

After thinking about it more, and about your original comment that it's one email received by multiple people, wouldn't it still be multiple emails that were sent? The content is the same, yes, but from your computer, when you pressed "send" the email was copied and then sent out to the number of people you specified. So while you may have written only one email, you sent out dozens of copies. Thus, you did not send 1 email, you sent out 12 copies of the same thing.

I spent 10 minutes trying to figure out how to word this, and I'm still not sure I did it right. One of those things where it makes sense in your head but once you try to explain it, you can't quite figure out how, lol.

In a nutshell, the content is the same, but multiple copies were sent out. They branched off from your connection. Make sense?

1 person liked this | Puiu Puiu said:

Whoa... You must be a busy person working in web development optimizing the internet for all and sundry, manipulating a lot of email accounts with data rushing at you at a 100mbps. On top of that you still find the time to diagnose other peoples health issues and offer sage advice. I can't blame you for not noticing improved internet speeds for the 3-4 years because if you had, Superman would be coming to you for lessons.

You strike me like someone who never worked one day in your life or all you did was to write emails for your boss.

You sarcastic tone shows me how immature you are on an issue that affects everyone. I know what I said seems like 1st world problems (although I live in a 3rd world country), but if you actually did anything else besides reading emails and playing WOW then you would know why I said that internet connection matters A LOT when you want to improve productivity at work.

Uploading 100MB can stop your work for a long time if you don't have a good internet connection. And if you have to upload a lot more than that then you loose hours of work time waiting to upload and waiting for the other person to download and give you a response on what is ok and what needs to be changed. When I have to work on an 3G connection I loose hours just waiting. Do you find that ok?

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1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

You strike me like someone who never worked one day in your life or all you did was to write emails for your boss.

You sarcastic tone shows me how immature you are on an issue that affects everyone. I know what I said seems like 1st world problems (although I live in a 3rd world country), but if you actually did anything else besides reading emails and playing WOW then you would know why I said that internet connection matters A LOT when you want to improve productivity at work.

Uploading 100MB can stop your work for a long time if you don't have a good internet connection. And if you have to upload a lot more than that then you loose hours of work time waiting to upload and waiting for the other person to download and give you a response on what is ok and what needs to be changed. When I have to work on an 3G connection I loose hours just waiting. Do you find that ok?

Seeing not many people like your posts, I'll give you a 'like to' bring up your quota. Now tell me I'm nothing if not generous

Puiu Puiu said:

Thanks Skid. I forgot that that there is a like button on this forum. I'm not a big fan of facebook and this "like button" trend ^_^ , but I do press it from time to time when I find something good.

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