When we look around the internet today, some of the companies that we recognize most are among the largest in the world. If you do much shopping online, there is a good chance that you buy from Amazon. If you do any kind of online selling, there is a good chance that you take to the marketplace of eBay to make such selling possible.
That in itself is quite revealing, in truth. We now know that the internet has a clear and established hierarchy; sites we go to first before anyone else.
- If you want to tell the world about your day, you go to Facebook.
- If you want to find out some information, you go to Wikipedia.
- If you want to ask the internet a question, you tend to ask Google.
- Need to buy something? Check out Amazon.
It’s just part of the modern world, and it’s very interesting in a lot of ways. You will soon find that big internet companies are holding a huge amount of way and power, without you even realizing it. In true big company fashion, too, they often own other companies that you might not had really thought about who owned them!
With this in mind then, let’s take a look at some of the real-time stats that can be found about major internet companies. This lets you see at first-hand close-up detail just how much these companies dominate, and how quickly they have become major entities in the day-to-day living we all day.
Keep in mind that some of these companies are little more than a decade old: some of them even less. With that in mind, then, it’s easy to see why these companies are such massive parts in the way the world works.
As one of the single largest means of moving money in the world today, PayPal is all about making transactions simpler. In a single day, a whopping $36m goes through PayPal. That shows you just how many people are using this powerful solution to try and grow their own business, meaning that it’s also become a key method of payment all across the world.
This is a huge sum of money, and across a month this would add up to a rather hard to imagine sum of money. It’s become a fine example of how online transactions have become the norm in many aspects.
In a single day, Amazon brings in not far off $488m in revenue from eCommerce sales. That’s hard to fathom in many ways. In comparison with the likes of eBay ($26m) and Alibaba ($62,000), it’s easy to see why Amazon is the clear market leader.
To bring in a sum of money like that in a single day is hard to get our heads around. That’s a sum of money that is the annual turnover of some of the largest sporting firms in the world, for example – institutions with millions of fans worldwide.
Without doubt, Amazon is a fine example of how a company can grow and expand in a short space of time. Once seen as a marketplace for useless tat, today you can buy everything from furniture to full gaming systems from Amazon: it truly has something for everyone.
When you factor in that retail eCommerce sales across the world count for around $6bn in a single day, too, it shows you just how much Amazon has grown. It’s without doubt one of the biggest internet companies around – to bring in so much on their own is simply incredible from a business standpoint.
The mac daddy of the search engine world, Google can receive as many as 33m active users in a single day. This can produce as much as $10m in advertising revenue in one single hour – closer to $11m, in fact. That incredible scope and scale of development is quite outrageous, and shows you why Google easily stands out as one of the biggest names in the online industry in its entirety.
And the thing is, this is just their search engine results. When you factor in other parts of the Google company and what they do, it can become quite dizzying trying to see just how big they really are. With over 1.3m active users in a single hour, those advertising revenue is being produced at a huge conversion for each user – a fine example of the scale of this kind of advertising without any real doubt.
As one of the largest chat systems in the world today, WhatsApp can see as many as 2.1m users in a single hour. That’s unbelievable; across a month, that means over 1 billion – a seventh of the population globally – have used WhatsApp.
That just goes to show you how the days of ‘good old communication’ are gone. Facebook Messenger produces similar results, whilst other tools like WeChat is not too far off the 1bn mark itself. This shows you just how we communicate has changed: billions of people actively using chat messengers to get in touch with those they know and would like to get to know.
This is a staggeringly fast movement, fueled by utter rebellion against the broken and damaged financial system that led to the collapse of the financial industry in many ways. Indeed, thanks to tools like Bitcoin, producing around 4,750 bitcoin per month (that’s a lot) and Ripple producing over 130bn, it’s easy to see why this industry has become so popular.
People love it because it shows us in real-time how many people are moving away from the centralized currency option. It’s going to see a lot of people begin to become far less trusting of the kind of industries which felt so standard for long.
With the rise of every one of these industries on a massive scale in the last decade or so, it’s almost impossible to speculate what comes next: the only thing we can say with any certainty is that it will only be bigger than what we have today. The biggest internet companies and the like don’t really do reductions!