Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine /
Volume 1, Number 6 / October 1, 1994 / Page 16
From the Nets...
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Global Network Navigator from
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CUI W3 Catalog
MTV.COM web, although
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How many are we? Nobody thought of mandating a decennial
census of cyberspace, so we don't know exactly many people use
the Internet or the Matrix.
Reports and studies this summer put the number of people
who use the Internet lower than what had previously been hyped
(talk was in terms of tens of millions).
This broke some balloons, and
put some commercial and press interests in a quandry, perhaps wondering,
perhaps, is the Internet really such a big thing?
John S. Quarterman
4(6), June 1994,
provided a detailed discussion of this
pegging the number of Internet users at approximately
7 million in June 1994 (John S. Quarterman, Editor,
Matrix News, Austin, Texas, firstname.lastname@example.org).
What's tricky is that this is the Internet number. Quarterman,
himself the inventor of the term the Matrix
(the set of all computers that
can exchange electronic mail, which includes
Internet, BITNET, UUCP, FidoNet, and WWIVnet) observes that the numbers
in the Matrix, outside the Internet, push the total number of
email-connected people higher; he emphasizes that
there is no simple, definitive answer to this question.
Although the lower-than-hyped 7 million has shaken some
developers, this shaking is barely perceptible on the Web,
where NSFNET Backbone stats (not a measure of all Web
byte traffic, but often taken as a growth indicator) have topped
the terabyte-per-month level
See Georgia Tech's NSFNET statistic's page for more information and
on the Web,
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