The Internet has surpassed the 1 billion user threshold!  Now what?
How do we find out who the 1 billionth user was? 

It will be interesting to see where things head in terms of Internet capacity, the second coming of the Internet, growth patterns, new domain levels, and the like.  

Note that North America (looks like their including Canada) accounts for only 18% of the share of usage. We always think we’re so much bigger.

Following are stats reported by PC World and MSN…

In December 2008, the total number of Internet users worldwide surpassed 1 billion for the first time, according to comScore World Metrix and PC Advisor.

In terms of shares of global Internet users by region:

Asia-Pacific region –  41%
Europe – 28%
North America – 18%  
Latin-America – 7%
Middle East & Africa – 5%

Country-based Statistics

China represented the largest online audience in the world in December 2008 with 180 million Internet users, representing nearly 18 percent of the total worldwide Internet audience, followed by:

US – 16.2%
Japan – 6%
Germany – 3.7%
UK – 3.6%

Top 15 countries in terms of online audience are:

1. China: 179,710,000
2. United States: 163,300,000
3. Japan: 59,993,000
4. Germany: 36,992,000
5. United Kingdom: 36,664,000
6. France: 34,010,000
7. India: 32,099,000
8. Russia: 28,998,000
9. Brazil: 27,688,000
10. South Korea: 27,254,000
11. Canada: 21,809,000
12. Italy: 20,780,000
13. Spain: 17,893,000
14. Mexico: 12,486,000
15. Netherlands: 11,812,000

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