Matters of Scale - Web Traffic

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Number of visitors to JohnKerry.com during the week of the Democratic Convention
771,000
Number of visitors that week to the website of Hidetoshi Nakata, a Japanese soccer star
3,500,000
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Number of the 20 most visited websites (other than porn) that are U.S.-based
8
Number of the 20 most visited sites that are based in Asia
11
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Number of unique visitors to pornography websites per day
23 to 60 million
Number of unique visitors to the five largest news sites
2 to 3 million
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Number of pieces of first-class mail sent in the United States in 2002
102 billion
Number of e-mail messages sent in the United States in 2000
968 billion
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Projected number of pieces of first-class mail in the United States in 2005
97.5 billion
Projected number of e-mail messages in the United States in 2007
2,693.9 billion
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Number of Internet searches done by Americans in 2004
about 40 billion
Number of Americans who seem to have absorbed any of the vast and growing accumulation of evidence that Bush administration environmental priorities will likely prove catastrophic—to their planet’s air, water, forests, agriculture, and prospects for their children—if continued another four years
about 0.004 billion
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Sources: Visitors to JohnKerry and Hidetoshi Nakata websites: The Washington Post; most-visited websites in the United States and Asia: Alexa Top 500; visitors to porn vs. news websites: alternet.org, Forbes.com, and Net Ratings; first-class mail vs. e-mail: U.S. Postal Service and Information Technology Association of America; number of Internet searches: com.Score qSearch, quoted in batellemedia.com; Americans aware of the trouble ahead: rough guesstimate by the editor.