Mary Meeker's State of the Internet: Good, Bad or Somewhere In-Between?

May 29, 2013

internet-100016261-large500 million photos are uploaded every day. Sharing of digital information has grown 9 times in five years. And China is leading the digital charge. If you haven't seen it already, "Queen of the 'Net" Mary Meeker has uploaded her latest report on Internet trends.

Among the highlights: Emerging markets continue to lead in the 8% year-over-year growth in global Internet users, with China adding the most (264 million users from 2008-2012). And while 81% of users are outside of the U.S., 80% of the top 10 global internet properties were made in the U.S. (Google, Microsoft and Facebook are at the top of that list.) Another interesting international comparison: Americans are under sharers. Just 15% of Americans report that they share "everything" or "most things" online, compared to a world average of 24%. Saudi Arabians are the world's biggest sharers and the Japanese share the least.

Here's the full report:

Meeker isn't the only one to report on just how profoundly technology and the Web have changed our lives -- and will continue to do so. Twist Image president and author Mitch Joel recently uploaded a selection of pretty astounding facts on our digital age. Did you know that Google's advertising revenue is bigger than that of the entire U.S. print industry? Check out more stats:

And digital strategy consultant Benedict Evans delves into the mobile world with his latest presentation, "Mobile is Eating the World." Among his findings: Smartphones and tablets are leading the mobile charge, dragging along the Internet and media, and "this is changing everything."

What's your reaction to these new reports? Do you agree with the predictions? What's the best way to adapt to all this change? Share your thoughts in the comments below.