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Apple New Space Ship Office…R’s

In F ACTS & F IGURES on December 7, 2011 by erishi


What happens on the Internet every 60 seconds…R’s

In F ACTS & F IGURES on November 1, 2011 by erishi

Let’s say that it takes you exactly one minute to read through this post. In that time, over 6,600 photos will be uploaded to Flickr, about 70 new domains will be registered, over 1,200 new ads will be created on Craigslist, and more. Here’s what happens on the Internet every 60 seconds.

That disclaimer aside and without further ado, here’s what’s happening each minute:

* Search engine Google serves more that 694,445 queries
* 6,600+ pictures are uploaded to Flickr
* 600 videos are uploaded to YouTube, amounting to 25+ hours of content
* 695,000 status updates, 79,364 wall posts and 510,040 comments are published on social networking site Facebook
* 70 new domains are registered
* 168,000,000+ emails are sent
* 320 new accounts and 98,000 tweets are generated on social networking site Twitter
* iPhone applications are downloaded more than 13,000 times
* 20,000 new posts are published on micro-blogging platform Tumblr
* Popular web browser FireFox is downloaded more than 1,700 times
* Popular blogging platform Word Press is downloaded more than 50 times
* Word Press Plugins are downloaded more than 125 times
* 100 accounts are created on professional networking site LinkedIn
* 40 new questions are asked on
* 100+ questions are asked on
* 1 new article is published on Associated Content, the world’s largest source of community-created content
* 1 new definition is added on
* 1,200+ new ads are created on Craigslist
* 370,000+ minutes of voice calls done by Skype users
* 13,000+ hours of music streaming is done by personalized Internet radio provider Pandora
* 1,600+ reads are made on Scribd, the largest social reading publishing company

Impressive? Scary? Overwhelming? We’re not sure. But we do know that a lot happened in the few moments it took to look at this blog post — so you better rush to catch up.


Where In the World Is WikiLeaks Mirrored?…R’s

In F ACTS & F IGURES on December 10, 2010 by erishi

The WikiLeaks saga of the last two weeks has been illustrative, if nothing else, of the importance of the decentralization of the Internet in relation to the freedom of information. An attempt to stifle a voice in one location simply leads to that voice springing from another, like a leak from a rusted pipe or a Whac-A-Mole arcade game.



WikiLeaks currently has well over 1,000 mirrors, which host the same data in different locations in case the parent site is taken down and one Harvard developer has gathered all of these mirrors into a Google Earth visualization to show from whence these leaks have sprung.

In order to create the visualization, Laurence Muller wrote a PHP script to scrape the primary list of WikiLeaks mirrors on the WikiLeaks site. He found 1,334 URLs and used GeoLite City to resolve each of them to a relatively specific (city-wide) geospatial location. Finally, he converted the list of related URLs, IP addresses and longitude/latitude coordinates into KML format for use with Google Earth. The result is a series of pins on a 3D globe showing all of the locations, globally, where WikiLeaks data is being mirrored.

Taking a quick look at the data, you can see that many of the mirrors are located throughout Europe, though they can be found as far and wide as South America, North America, Asia and Africa. They are all over the globe.

Earlier this week, Marshall Kirkpatrick took a similar look at how WikiLeaks’ data spread though decentralized, peer-to-peer networks, such as on the bittorrent site The Pirate Bay. He came up with a great bunch of stats that show just how difficult it can be to stifle the spread of information with tools like bittorent and dedicated mirror sites. This same sort of map for bittorent seeds would likely show an even greater global distribution. If you have installed the Google Earth Plug-In you can take a look for yourself at the mapped out data.