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Information on the growth of the Internet,
book searchers, search engines,
Internet archive, time signal, etc.

We have found the following Internet sites, useful:

bulletto provide information about the Internet itself,

bulletto save money when buying books,

bulletto search the Internet,

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Information about the history of the Internet:

The growth of the Internet has been phenomenal -- particularly that of the World Wide Web.

Netcraft reported a total of 899 million active web sites at the end of 2013-AUG, an increase of 4.8% from the previous month. However, of these, only about 189 million were active. 1

The first World Wide Web site was launched by Tim  Berners-Lee on 1991-AUG-06 with the hope that it would grow to be "a force for individual, regional and global understanding." By mid 2006, the Web was being used by more than 1 billion people.

The total number of domain names registered were:

bullet 1991-AUG-06: 1; this was the first web site. It was later recreated and is at:
bullet1992: 50
bullet1993: 150
bullet1994: 3,000
bullet 1995: 25,000. This site, was about the 6,000th web site when it went online about 1995-APR-15.
bullet1996: 250,000
bullet1997: 1.2 million
bullet1998: 2.6 million
bullet1999: 4.7 million
bullet2000: 7.1 million 2
bullet2001: 30 million
bullet2002: 37 million
bullet2003: 47 million
bullet2004: 54 million
bullet2005: 73 million
bullet2006-AUG: 93 million 3
bullet 2008-AUG: 177 million; 71 million active 1
bullet 2010-AUG: 213 million; 90 million active 1
bullet 2012-AUG: 628 million; 194 million active 1
bullet 2013-AUG: 717 million; 188 million active 1
bullet 2014-SEP: The number of domain names exceeded one billion! 5

More information about the Internet:


Alexa, a web navigation service, has compiled some interesting information about the Web: number of domain names, number of unique host machines, number of intermittent sites, etc. See:


Network Wizards conducts an Internet Domain Survey survey that gives the total number of Internet hosts on a semi-yearly basis. See:


Internet Systems Consortium sponsors an Internet domain survey survey that gives the total number of Internet hosts on a quarterly basis. See:


Van Locator Online discusses: "The effect the Internet has had on transport in the UK." It contains two timelines: one lists important Internet events. The other estimates the percentage of the world's population that has access to the Internet. See:

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Surfing the net while preserving your anonymity: allows an Internet surfer to create a group of identities with which a person can access various web sites. See:

Searching the Internet:


Individual Search Engines: These are like gigantic indices of the Internet. You supply a phrase or one or more words which describe the topic that you are interested in and click on the submit key. The search engine then scans its data base and responds with "hits." These are web sites which may have useful information on your topic of interest.

The four most popular search engines as of 2014-AUG are Google, Yahoo, Bing and Ask.

Google has a service to "search specifically for scholarly literature including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. See:


Meta Search Engines: These submit your phrase or words to a group of search engines and report the results. Some useful ones are:  Dogpile, WebCrawler, Metasearch.

Also, AllinOne Search finds American businesses in a specific area (by zip code, city, or state).


Geographical search engine: Variety Search is a directory of web sites sorted geographically. See:


Internet-Web Directory is a fully searchable and frequently updated directory of web sites. See:

Internet archive:


WayBackMachine has stored more than 10 billion pages -- over 100 terabytes of data -- in its archives. Their goal is to build a digital library and other cultural artifacts in digital form for public access. You can view web sites, frozen in time as they existed as early as 1996. See: 

Time signal:


US Naval Observatory time can be accessed at: This shows Universal Time, and Eastern Time, Central Time, through to Hawaii-Aleutian Time at the time that their page first displayed. An updating time display, in Universal Time, shows the current time in the upper right corner of the Naval Oceanography Portal at:

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Book savings:

If you spend a lot of money on books, like we do, then you might be interested in the following two web sites. By entering the book's ISBN number, title, or author's name, these web sites scan many book suppliers and report on their prices. They also show prices for other on the same topic.

provides two searches: either in-print books, and for rare, out of print books. Compare book prices.


Enter Book Title or ISBN

New & used books

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References used:

  1. "August 2008 web server survey," Netcraft, at: This survey is updated monthly.
  2. "On the number of web sites in the world," Pandia, 2000, at:
  3. "Spinning the Web," The Toronto Star, 2006-AUG-06, Page D1. It was based on data from Richard T. Griffiths at Leiden University and Netcraft Ltd.
  4. Sorry, we lost track of the source of this information.
  5. "One billion web sites," Team XYZ, 2014-SEP-24, at:

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