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How big was the Web?

Tim Bray has posted Measuring the Web, an award-winning talk he gave in 1996 when he was at Open Text (Tim was a founder and head tech strategist; I had joined as marketing vp), one of the early Web indexing companies. A snapshot in November 1995 found 11,366,121 unique URLs and 223,851 unique servers. Current estimates are omigod unique URLs and you-gotta-be-kidding unique servers.

Lots of other interesting stats in the paper, including size of the average page, average number of embedded images (“just over 50% of all pages contain at least one image reference”), and number o links. [Tags: ]

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