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Internet World Stats News

Number 005 - April, 2005

Internet Usage Update Q1-05

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Editor's Note

Welcome again to your personal edition of the IWS Newsletter. On this occasion we do have important news. The Internet big picture got bigger, and we tell you all about it below.

Search Engines have become very important to everyday Internet use. In their effort to provide more and better services, the SE keep adding features and additional services. Today we report on Google's define feature.

If you missed any of our previous newsletter issues, you can check them out in the
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Internet Usage Update for Q1-2005

Internet World Stats has updated its statistics to 888 million Internet users as of March, 2005. This figure corresponds to a global penetration rate of 13.9%, up from previous 12.7% worldwide penetration at the end of 2004.

The largest increase in Internet usage corresponds to Asia with 36 million users, next is Europe with 29 million. Smaller usage increases were observed for the Middle East with 2 million and the Americas with 4 million users. All the statistics tables have been updated and the layout improved with alternating colored lines. Check them out at
world stats.

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Google's Define Feature

Search Engines are very important to everyday Internet use. In their effort to provide more and better services, SE keep adding features and additional services. For example, everybody knows that the Google search window can be used as a powerful calculator. But other features are not so well known.

Google can give you the definition for a word or a phrase in English. To use this feature, simply type the word "define," then a space, and then the word(s) you want defined. If Google has seen a definition for the word or phrase on the Web, it will retrieve that information and display it at the top of your search results page.

You can also get a list of only definitions for a word by including the special operator "define:" with no space between it and the term you want defined. For example, the search [define:statistics] will show you a list of definitions for "statistics" gathered from various online sources by

The two methods work very well for defining words in English. Both methods are useful, the results obtained are different of course.

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Gmail Account Winners

The confirmation letters were sent to the four lucky Gmail account winners for the first 4 months of the year. Good news about Gmail, Google has increased its mailbox capacity to 2,000 MB, a huge space for all your email needs. Some of the benefits of Gmail are the large storage space, easy labeling of messages (instead of sorting into folders), and quick Google-powered searching. Any active IWS Newsletter may request a free personal Gmail account from us. Use this contact form for requesting your account.

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That's all for today. Stay tuned every month for the latest Internet usage statistics news from IWS NEWS.

Kind regards,

Enrique de Argaez,
editor and webmaster

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