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November 2012 , Page 14 

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Using the Web (Visible, Invisible and Deep) to Investigate Government Experts

By Richard Demarest

The Internet is here to stay, and it is getting bigger and bigger. As of August 8, 2005, Google reported it had indexed over 11.3 billion active pages.1 At the end of 2010 there were 255 million websites, 21.4 million being new that year.2 Who used it? Two billion users worldwide with an increase of 14 percent that year alone. An estimated 2.2 billion individuals will access the Internet in 2012.3 

Through March 2012, there were 901 million active Facebook users, 80 percent of whom were outside the United States. Each day, 526 million users accessed Facebook, resulting in 125 billion friend connections.4 

By the end of 2012, it is estimated there will be 21 million users in the United States; there are 100 million active Twitter users in the world today.5  

At the end of 2011, 181 million blogs existed around the world,6 a significant source of online buzz often overlooked.

Google had an estimated 42 billion indexed pages as of May 20, 2012.7 But really, how big is the Internet?

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