26 September 2011

Trillion Web Pages on the Internet

Yesterday when I was surfing the internet, I saw an interesting article written by John D. Sutter from CNN news about how many pages are on the internet? Have you ever wondered about the number of pages and the amount of data that exist over the Internet? Kevin Kelly, a founder of Wired magazine, believes there are trillion Web pages on the internet. Then he is comparing the World Wide Web’s with a human’s brain. The human’s brain can hold about 100 billion neurons. So what that means? It means Internet collective brain has more neurons than our brain. Here is the interesting part:

Each biological neuron sprouts synaptic links to thousands of other neurons, while each Web page on average links to 60 other pages. That adds up to a trillion 'synapses' between the static pages on the Web. The human brain has about 100 times that number of links -- but brains are not doubling in size every few years. The global machine is.

Nobody knows for sure how many pages exist on the internet. The answer to this question will be determined soon. A group called the World Wide Web Foundation trying to find the answer to this question. The Board received a million-dollar research budget by Google and the foundation plans to release the result, early next year. The project is called the World Wide Web Index.

How they are going to measure the amount of pages on the Internet? According to the foundation, they will conduct surveys of internet users, interview relevant people and try to gather data from internet service providers, national governments and search engines such as Google to come up with its findings.