In a recent Nine MSN story it was reported that the global number of internet users has surpassed one billion with China accounting for the largest population of web surfers.
The actual number of web surfers is probably higher than that these figures were based only on the number of internet users aged 15 and above working from home or work computers and did not take into account traffic from public computers such as internet cafes or access from mobile phones or personal digital assistants.
The Asia-Pacific region accounted for 41 per cent of the one billion global internet users, followed by Europe (28 per cent), North America (18 per cent), Latin America (seven per cent) and the Middle East and Africa (five per cent).
China had the largest population of internet users with nearly 180 million people going online, followed by the US with 163 million, Japan with 60 million, Germany and Britain with nearly 37 million each and France with 34 million.
India was next with 32 million internet users followed by Russia (29 million), Brazil (28 million), South Korea (27 million), Canada (22 million) and Italy (21 million).
Google was the most frequently visited web property in December with 777.9 million unique visitors, followed by Microsoft sites (647.9 million visitors), Yahoo! (562.6 million visitors), AOL (273 million) and Wikimedia (273 million).
Facebook.com had grown by 127 per cent in the past year and welcomed 222 million visitors in December, making it the top social networking site worldwide.
The head of the group responsible for th research stated: “It is a monument to the increasingly unified global community in which we live and reminds us that the world truly is becoming more flat”