During an average workday, a single minute might seem negligible.
If you’re lucky, a minute might buy you enough time to write a quick email, grab a coffee from the break room, or make small talk with a coworker.
But in other situations, a minute can also be quite extraordinary. Imagine being a quarterback in the Superbowl in overtime, or finding yourself in a life-and-death situation in which every second count towards the outcome.
Visualizing an Internet Minute
When it comes to gauging the epic scale of the internet, it would seem that each minute leans closer to the extraordinary side of the spectrum.
How is it possible that 188 millions of emails are sent every minute? How does Google process 3.8 million search queries in such a short span of time?
Simply put, the number of actions packed into just 60 seconds is extraordinary.
A Side-by-Side Comparison
The internet is incredibly dynamic, which means there are always new and interesting segments that are emerging out of the internet’s ether.
To get a sense of this, take a look at the comparison of last year’s version of this graphic with the more recent entry:
Platforms such as Instagram and Netflix continue to grow at a blistering pace, while new categories such as smart speakers are quickly building a strong foundation for the future.
Last year, for example, only 67 voice-first devices were being shipped per minute – and in 2019, there are now 180 smart speakers being shipped in the same window of time.
What will this look like in 2020?