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Interactive infographic reveals the Internet in real time

Guess how much money Google made while you read this sentence.


Mike Fenn


Posted on May 29, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 5:45 am CDT

Did you know that, in the time it takes you to watch a full episode of Modern Family, roughly 96 million posts will have been uploaded to Facebook?

This is just one of the amazing facts calculated by Stefan Drew’s fascinating—and meta—infographic, The Internet in Real Time. As soon as you access the site, you are able to watch, in real time, several of the Internet’s most popular sites and social media platforms climb in activity. While the usual suspects like Facebook, TwitterReddit, and Tumblr are recorded, calculations are also done for sites like LinkedIn and Dropbox.

Additionally, a separate counter at the bottom of the screen keeps track of just how many gigabytes were processed since you accessed the site.

Click the animation to open the full version (via

Just in researching this piece, I witnessed:

  • Over 160 posts get submitted to Reddit in three minutes (and they were probably all reposts)
  • Over 57,000 tweets sent out in 10 seconds (56,900 of which were probably by Kevin Smith or Wil Wheaton)
  • Google make $1,600 in ad revenue in just 1 second

The Internet in Real Time site even calculates how many hours of Netflix and Pandora content are streamed per second. And you thought that weekend you spent binge-watching the entirety of Breaking Bad was excessive.

We can only hope that our workplaces do not install copies of Drew’s graphic onto company networks. Otherwise, you’ll see a steep decline in the amounts of Facebook and Reddit posts-per-second figures.

Photo via Christophe/Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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*First Published: May 29, 2014, 10:46 am CDT