Internet users: 2 billion and counting by year’s end

If anybody out there ever doubted the astonishing growth of the Internet then doubt no more. New figures out show that by the end of 2010 there will be more than 2 billion Internet users worldwide, that’s around 30% of the world’s population.

A report from the International Telecommunication Union found these figures and also worked out that this year alone there will be around 226 million people that become new Internet users, according to Stan Schroeder over on Mashable sourced from Yahoo. Impressively around 126 million of those new Internet users will be from developing countries, although those countries are still a long way behind Internet usage across the rest of the world.

Another interesting statistic from the ITU that demonstrates this is that by this year’s end around 21% of the population in developing countries will be using the Internet, compared to around 71% of people in developed countries. The highest density of Internet users worldwide is in Europe where 65% of the population are currently online, compared to 55% in the Americas, 21.9% in Asia and the Pacific, but only 9.6% of the population in Africa.

For more on this go to mashable.com. Presently Facebook and Twitter have long-term goals of reaching a billion users each and with the continuing growth in Internet users, who knows, the two giant social networking sites may well achieve those goals. If you have any thoughts about the growth in Internet users then please do send in your comments.