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    There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it’s impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but we’re going to give it a shot anyway. How many emails were sent during 2012? How many domains are there? What’s the most popular web browser? How many Internet users are there? These are some of the questions we’ll answer for you.

     

    To bring you these answers, we’ve gone to the ends of the web – wherever that is – and back again, and compiled a list of truly fascinating facts about the year that was. Some of the numbers are snapshots taken during the year, others cover the entire period. Either way, they all contribute to giving us a better understanding of Internet in 2012. Enjoy!

    This diagram shows the percentages of websites using various top level domains. See technologies overview for explanations on the methodologies used in the surveys. Our reports are updated daily.

    How to read the diagram:
    .com is used by 53.0% of all the websites.

    Single-letter second-level domains are domain names in which the second-level domain consists of only one letter, such as x.com. In 1993, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) explicitly reserved all single-letter and single-digit second-level domain names in the top-level domains com, net, and org, and grandfathered those that had already been assigned. In December 2005, ICANN considered auctioning these domains.

    According to the latest analytical data from the domain industry of VeriSign company, the primacy keeps the root zone .com. In second place was the German national domain .de. Three leaders closes the top-level domain .net.

    Fully dozen domain zones (as of October 2010) is as follows...

    On many forums, devoted to the domain, internet, from time to time raised the question of which of the more popular domain zones and therefore more expensive. On the same question I tried to answer in this article.

    As of 2008, this is a list of the oldest extant registered generic top-level domains used in the Domain Name System of the Internet.

    This article on global Internet usage includes tables, charts, maps, and a list of articles with more detailed information on a wide range of usage measures.

    This is a list of the top 20 highest prices paid for domain names.

    This is a list of countries by IPv4 address allocation, as of 2 April 2012(2012-04-02). It includes 252 areas, including all United Nations member states, plus the Holy See, Kosovo and Taiwan.

    There are 2 (over four billion) IP addresses available in the IPv4 protocol. These addresses are allocated to countries by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) via the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs).

    This is a sortable list of countries by number of Internet users in 2012. Internet users are persons using the Internet in the last 12 months from any device, including mobile phones. Penetration is the percentage of a country's population that are Internet users. Estimates are derived from either household surveys or from Internet subscription data.

    Non-country and disputed areas are shown in italics. All United Nations member states are included, except South Sudan. Taiwan is listed as a sovereign country.

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