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December 23, 2007
The Size and Growth of the Internet
Netcraft ran its first survey about the size of the internet in 1995 the year that Amazon launched.
1995: 18,957 websites
2000: 19,800,000 websites
2005: 74,400,000 websites The year of its biggest growth
In its October 2005 survey, Netcraft found 74.4 million web addresses, a rise of more than 2.68 million from the September figure.
2007 (November) 149,784,002 websites
Netcraft estimate that in 2007 there has been an increase of 40 million sites since the start of the year:
Much of the growth in sites this year has come from the increasing number of blogging sites, in particular at Live Spaces, Blogger and MySpace.
If this estimate is right then it shows how important the development of Web 2.0 has become as a user generated publishing phenomena. In reality one can argue that this represents an increasing fragmentation of the publishing market.