Here are some statistics to keep in mind about information on the Web:
- More than 7.5 million new pages go onto the Web every day.
- The Web contains an estimated 2.5 billion documents.
- The average life span of a URL (i.e. Web address) is 44 days.*
- There are more than 2,500 search engines/directories on the Internet.*
- The largest search engine (AltaVista) has access to between 14%-16% of the URLs at any one time.
- The largest domain is .com, comprising 35.3% of all Internet hosts.
- Not everything in print is available online, especially if it was created before 1990.
*Fowles, Charlotte. "Evaluating Web Resources." Vermillion, SD: I.D. Weeks Library, 2000.
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