The Internet really isn't that heavy

Posted on July 16, 2005

Have you ever wondered how many people are on the Internet in a given day? Yeah, me neither.

Apparently, someone has, and not only that, the guy has a blog. Jason Striegel has put together a little piece called Weighing the Internet. He has determined that there are close to 500 million users on the Internet in a day, whereas the Nielsen/NetRatings reports have the values closer to 900 million.

Normally I would recommend looking over the stats and determining for yourself what you should believe, but I'm definitely not buying the Weighing the Internet stuff. The article is based on such a small amount of data that it doesn't appear it could possibly be close.

Besides, why would you weigh the Internet with the number of users? Shouldn't you use a scale or something?