When the Internet was launched in 1984, it was never intended to be as heavily used as it is today. Back then, the Internet linked together a thousand hosts at university and corporate labs, but then it grew steadily to 50 million users by 1998. An important part of the Internet, and the part that most people recognize as the Internet, is the World Wide Web.
Growth in Websites
In 1993, the World Wide Web was made up of only 130 websites, as the infographic shows. By 2012, however, there were over 634 million websites on the Web, and the number is growing daily. During 2012, 51 million new websites came to life, an average of almost 140,000 new websites each day.