During an average workday, a single minute may seem insignificant.
If you’re lucky, one minute will give you enough time to write a quick email, take a coffee from the break room or have a chat with a co-worker.
But in other situations, a minute can also be quite extraordinary. Imagine being a quarterback in the Superbowl in overtime or finding yourself in a life or death situation where every second counts for the result.
Visualizing an Internet Minute
When it comes to measuring the epic scale of the Internet, it seems that every minute is closer to the extraordinary side of the spectrum.
Today’s infographics of @LoriLewis and @OfficiallyChadd aggregate the online activity of billions of people around the world, to see what a minute of the Internet looks like.
How is it possible that 188 million emails are sent every minute? How does Google process 3.8 million search queries in such a short time?
In short, the number of shares packaged in just 60 seconds is extraordinary.
A Side-by-Side Comparison
The Internet is incredibly dynamic, which means that there are always new and interesting segments that are emerging from the ether of the Internet.
To get an idea of this, take a look at the comparison of last year’s version of this chart with the most recent entry:
Platforms such as Instagram and Netflix continue to grow at a dizzying pace, while new categories such as smart speakers are rapidly building a solid foundation for the future.
Last year, for example, only 67 voice devices per minute were sent, and by 2019, there are now 180 smart speakers in the same time window.
How will this be in 2020?
Going Sideways or Backwards
Interestingly, even as more and more people gain access to the Internet around the world each year, there are still parts of the network that are stagnating or even shrinking in size.
You’ll see that Facebook sign-ups and Google searches increased only incrementally from last year. In addition, the amount of emails that are sent is also quite stagnant, probably thanks to the increase of collaboration tools in the workplace, such as Slack.
Snap is another story completely. In the last year, the application saw a decrease in millions of users due to the infamous redesign that helped torpedo the growing popularity of the application.
In any case, we are sure that by this date next year, one minute of the Internet will have changed significantly once again!