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Intel offers snapshot of an ‘Internet minute’

It sometimes it feels like we’re all moving a mile a minute. Now, an Intel infographic showing a 60-second snapshot of the Web demonstrates that life in a connected world moves at a truly staggering pace.

In one minute on the Web, Intel wrote in a company blog post, we send 204 million e-mails, buy about $83,000 in goods on Amazon and send about 100,000 Tweets. Six new Wikipedia articles get published, Google fields 2 million search queries and Facebook gets 6 million views.

Multimedia also makes up a huge amount of the data that go back and forth every 60 seconds. For example, Intel estimates that, per minute, YouTube gets 1.3 million video views, Flickr users add 3,000 photos, and Pandora streams 61,141 hours of music.

All that, the company said, amounts to about 640,000 GB of data per minute. And with the number of devices that connect to the Internet — not just phones, computers and tablets but also health accessories, home appliances and vehicles — that number’s expected to grow quickly. Intel projects that the number of connected devices will double the world’s population by 2015.

Video growth, particularly, is expected to blow up with about five years of video passing through the world’s networks every minute by 2015, the company said.

The tech firm published the infographic not only to give a quick glimpse of the world’s data activity, but also to raise questions about how Internet infrastructure can keep up with this pace of growth.

In a November study on U.S. Internet use, analysis firm Sandvine reported that usage jumped 120 percent between from the previous year. The company also predicted that streaming video would make up an increasing portion of Internet use — particularly for large, global events such as the World Cup.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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