Yesterday, uber venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Buyers published its Global Internet Trends report for 2013, and it's a beast. It covers everything from smartphones and tablets to drones, self-driving cars, H-1B visas, and more. If you're a fan of info pr0n, there's enough material to feed your statistics addiction for weeks.
Complied by KPCB partners Mary Meeker and Liang Wu, the report collects data from a wide range of sources, including the United Nations, Comscore, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, MIT, and "Saturday Night Live." Seen as a whole, though, it's something else.
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Some data points are blindingly obvious, others are totally surprising. I've pored over all 117 slides to pick out what I was thought were the most interesting factoids (your mileage may vary). Here are the highlights:
• When it comes to the Internet, China is kicking our collective assets. (File under: Blindingly obvious.) It has 564 million Netizens, a rate that's growing 10 percent a year. It has nearly twice as many smartphone users. It's also ahead in terms of innovative mobile communications services like Tencent WeChat and same-day-delivery services like JD.com. It's time to brush up on your Mandarin.
• From 1998 to 2005, Microsoft Windows owned 96 percent of operating systems on personal computing platforms. Today that number is 35 percent, or slightly less than Android. No wonder Ballmer sweats so much. I thought it was a glandular condition.
• Internationally, Google is way out in front of everybody in terms of raw visits. But domestically, it's barely ahead of Yahoo. It seems the old gal has some life in her yet.
• At No. 5 on the top 10 properties, ahead of Apple and Wikipedia and gaining on Facebook, is Glam Media. Ever heard of Glam Media? Until yesterday, I hadn't. It's the publisher of sites like Bliss.com and Foodie.com mostly popular with the XX chromosome crowd, and it's noted primarily for the fact that its editorial and advertising are virtually indistinguishable. That's where we are all headed, folks. I have seen the future of journalism, and it looks like an Abercrombie ad.
• Last year, every major social network -- Tumblr, Twitter, G+, Pinterest, even MySpace -- gained users, save for one. That's right; Facebook declined about 5 percent from 2011. Memo to Zuckerberg: You are now officially too old to be cool. Welcome to the club.
• Still, relative to the rest of the social sharing world, Americans are pretty tight-lipped. Only 15 percent say they share "everything" or "most things" online. That puts us behind 14 other countries, with Saudi Arabia topping the list at 61 percent. (Pssst, the sheik is a freak. Pass it on.)