The Internet Index

Number 25
Inspired by "Harper's Index"*
Compiled by Win Treese (
Co-author of Designing Systems for Internet Commerce
30 November 1999

Here is Internet Index #25 annotated with sources and the directory of all editions.

Number of e-mail messages I needed to change a name server address with Network Solutions: 7
Number of faxes: 2
Number of phone calls: 2
Total number of days before the change was processed: 31

Number of US cities with greater than 50% Internet penetration among adults: 5

Amount of the SEC budget reallocated by Congress to investigate financial fraud on the Internet, in millions of dollars: 5.5

Number of web sites reviewed each week in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: 50

Number of stores at the Saint Louis (Missouri) Galleria barred from promoting e-commerce: 170

Number of dot-com balloons in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2

Estimated spending in France for Internet advertising, in millions of francs: 350

Estimated percentage of US small businesses with web sites: 37

Estimated 1999 revenues of ISP market in the US, in billions of dollars: 15.1

Number of people sued by the US Securities and Exchange Commission for illegally offering securities for sale on eBay: 3

Rank of Microsoft for spending on Internet advertising, in 1998: 1
Rank of Volvo: 43

Estimated percentage of total ad agency billings from dot-com companies, from January to October, 1999: 30

Sale price of the domain name name "", in millions of dollars: 7.5

Estimated number of Internet users in China, in millions: 4

Percentage of adults in the UK who use the Internet: 27

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