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89 percent of all emails in 2010 were spam

by Scott Bicheno on 13 January 2011, 15:43

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Chips and Spam

Uptime monitoring company Pingdom has released its summary of the 2010 web by the numbers, and it reveals some interesting stats.

Over a hundred trillion emails were sent last year, but 89.1 percent of them were spam. That means there were over 95 trillion pieces of spam sent last year alone.

You would have to watch the video below around a trillion times to encounter that much spam.

There are nearly 1.9 billion email users worldwide, who have 2.9 billion email accounts between them.

Moving away from email, there were a total of 255 million websites, 21.4 million of which were added last week alone.



There were nearly 2 billion Internet users, remonstrating just how much room there still is for growth in the online audience. The chart below shows how the existing ones are divided geographically.



Onto ‘social media' there are over 150 million blogs. The number of people on Twitter more than doubled from 75 million to 175 million over the course of 2010, and they sent 25 billion tweets between them. The most followed Twitter account is now @ladygaga, with 7.7 million. Is it bad that we're completely indifferent about her? Facebook had the usual big numbers.

Two billion videos were watched per day on YouTube, while Flickr hosted 5 billion photos, at an upload rate of 130 million per month. This is dwarfed by Facebook, however, which has over 3 billion photos uploaded onto it per month. Internet Explorer was still the most popular browser, but Google's Chrome is off to a good start.



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In my case, it's more like 95%. Spam is killing email as a medium. The government is more obsessed about chasing after ‘file sharers’, tackling brazen fraud is a mere afterthought.
What do you suggest the government do about it?
What do you suggest the government do about it?
Prosecute for fraud as they're suppose to do. Prod the governments of countries which produce most of the spam. Come up with an international agreement with other governments to tackle spam. Do their damn job?

They seem well able to do these things for big content corporations. Yet when it comes to actual wealth destructive fraud, they suddenly can't do anything?
Prosecuting for fraud is tricky when (as seems likely) the companies involved will have minimal UK presence, operating from minimally-regulated countries. Those same countries will likely provide minimal cooperation with our government. I very much doubt they're able to do anything useful.
And tackling unauthorised file sharing is easy? I'd say not. The government has even passed all manner of unethical bills attempting to tackle it. As I said, they could easily apply diplomatic pressure on governments not doing anything about fraud and spam. The only serious difference is the incentive. Fraudsters like these generally only rob individuals who don't pass brown envelops under the table. File sharers act as competition against big media's government granted monopoly on content distribution, which means less cash for big media to splash around, in the right hands.