According to a company that monitors such things, in October the number of sites on the web passed 100 million.

Of course, a good chunk of that consists of pages people posted and then forgot. Netcraft estimates that only about 48 million of those are “active”.

Still, the growth doesn’t seem to be slowing down.

There were just 18,000 Web sites when Netcraft, based in Bath, England, began keeping track in August of 1995. It took until May of 2004 to reach the 50 million milestone; then only 30 more months to hit 100 million, late in the month of October 2006.

The researchers credit “bloggers, small businesses, and simplicity” for the “dramatic growth”.

It should be interesting to watch as the next hundred million web sites go up in the next two years. Most of them created by our students.

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