"Content Explosion" Shows Us Exactly What Happens Every Single Second on the Internet

You know, when you sit back and think about it, we live in some pretty incredible times. I mean, think about it: We can climb into a metal box, make it airborne, and step out of it a few hours all the way on the other side of the country! We can have little tiny robots clean our apartments for us! We can communicate with quite literally the entire world at the click of a button! How amazing is all that? The Internet in particular takes the proverbial cake — and thanks to a nifty interactive called Content Explosion, we can now get some perspective on exactly what happens on the Internet every day.

Or rather, every second. Content Explosion illustrates just what goes on in cyberspace once every second — and the results are pretty astonishing. Did you know that 1.6 new webpages are created each time the big hand on the clock ticks? Given that there are 86,400 seconds in a day, that means that 221,184 sites come into existence a day. Even more mind-blowing is the number of photos posted to Facebook: 4,051 pics get uploaded per second, which means more than 350 million images get shared per day. Wowzers!

And that’s just the beginning. We've included some tidbits of the info here in static images — but note that a lot of the figures (“this many hours of music have been uploaded to Soundcloud so far today,” etc.) are constantly changing, so it’s worth checking it all out in real time. Head on over to Content Explosion to experience the wonder for yourselves.

Image: Content Explosion