Internet surpasses 100 million sites
Blogging and small business drove the internet to a key milestone in October with the reported creation of the 100 millionth website.
Netcraft Ltd. of Bath, England, on Wednesday reported that it had logged network responses from 101,435,253 sites.
Already this year, the internet saw growth of 27.4 million sites, surpassing the previous record of 17 million new sites in 2005, the internet services company said.
Much of the growth stemmed from big increases in free blogging services offered by Google Inc.'s Blogger and Microsoft Corp.'s Spaces, as well as small business websites, Netcraft said.
The latest figures represent a doubling in the size of the internet since May 2004, when Netcraft's survey found 50 million sites.
The first Netcraft survey in August 1995 found 18,957 hosts. The internet reached one million sites in April 1997, 10 million in February 2000, and by August this year it reached 90 million sites.